Disney’s “Aladdin” is getting the live-action treatment. The 1992 classic is being remade as “Genies,” which, according to Inside the Magic, will focus on Genie’s life before he ended up in that cursed lamp. It will also tell the story of how he got into the lamp in the first place.
According to ComingSoon.net, “Sherlock Holmes”‘ Guy Ritchie is set to direct, along with a script by John August. The film will reportedly keep many of original’s musical elements. There is no word yet on a possible release date.
Social Media Reacts to Live-Action “Aladdin” Announcement
So there's a live action #Aladdin coming out and I need all the auditioning for Jasmine info out there.
— Ashley Iaconetti (@ashleyiaco) October 11, 2016
— Martina Santantoni (@TinaSantantoni) October 10, 2016
Just heard about Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin. I hoped they wouldn't do it but I shouldn't be surprised. Guy Ritchie directing?
— Sebbeteen Dream (@sebbyskywalker) October 11, 2016
I don't want a live action ALADDIN!
DO NOT WANT!
NO MORE REMAKES!
YOURE KILLING MEEEEEEEEEEEEE
— Roxxy Haze (@iamroxxyhaze) October 11, 2016
Guy Ritchie is gonna direct the Live Action Aladdin for Disney. Aladdin just punched the genie in slow motion.
— Josh Macuga (@JoshMacuga) October 10, 2016
I want a live action Aladdin so much but I know when ever the genie speaks I will probably cry a little inside.
— Sam Liz (@papiliodream) October 11, 2016
“Aladdin” is just one of many Disney classics to be turned into a live-action film. “Cinderella,” “Alice through the Looking Glass,” “The Jungle Book” and “Pete’s Dragon” were just some the films to be released within the past year. Upcoming movies include “Beauty and the Beast,” (2017) “Mulan,” (2018) “Mary Poppins Returns,” (2018) “The Lion King” (TBD) and “The Little Mermaid.” (TBD)
The original 1992 classic featured Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago and the late Robin Williams as the Genie. Now the question remains: will Disney go for a more “Once Upon A Time” feel (Deniz Akdeniz, Karen David) or will they draw inspiration from their Broadway pairing (Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed). Plus, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie? The Tony Award winner could be the perfect choice.
What are your thoughts on a live-action “Aladdin” film? Do you think it will be the same without Williams? Sound off in the comments section below!