Next announcement better be about an Avengers-type team-up film, with all live-action Disney characters.
If live-action films built around such classic Disney characters as Maleficent, Cinderella, Dumbo, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Mulan and Pinocchio still leave you feeling hungry for more, then we have some good news for you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s beloved animated film Aladdin will be receiving one, maybe two live-action adaptations at Disney. First off, the studio is making Genies, a prequel which tells the story of how Aladdin’s Genie (originally voiced by Robin Williams) wound up enslaved in the magical oil lamp. As the studio plans it now, if the movie doesn’t totally flop it will lead into a second Aladdin project, which will be an adaptation of the original 1992 film.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are on board to write Genies, while Tripp Vinson (sick ‘80s action hero name) will produce; they most likely will be putting their own special spin on the classic tale. Vinson also is working on Prince Charming and Bob the Musical, the latter of which The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius will helm, for the studio. It’s no secret that Disney has made some very good money in the live-action fairy tale game recently, as they’ve made such box office successes 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, 2014’s Maleficent and 2015’s Cinderella. While Maleficent, for the most part, was a boring commercial for more Maleficent movies, Cinderella was a pleasant, albeit safe adaptation. As long as Disney recaptures part of the magic of Cinderella in their upcoming films, and not the messiness of Maleficent, everything may turn out to be OK. An Aladdin remake may not be anybody’s first wish, but it could be worse; I mean, just imagine a Home on the Range remake. For now, we’ll just consider ourselves lucky.
Also, what are the chances that Disney casts Frozen actor Josh Gad as The Genie? He may already be set to star in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast as LeFou, but c’mon, casting doesn’t get any more spot on than that. What do you think? Tell us in the comments below if you plan on joining Aladdin on yet another magic carpet ride.