It really is a whole new world of Aladdin as the beloved Disney classic is the latest animated movie to get a live-action treatment from the Mouse House with Guy Ritchie as its unexpected director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director are in talks to direct the animated Disney film Aladdin and currently being produced by Dan Lin of The Lego Movie fame with a script by Big Fish writer John August.
Aladdin is the latest addition to a long-list of Disney animated films getting live-action reboots and spin-offs. In 2017, Beauty and the Beast, starring Dan Stevens and Emma Watson, will be released and the studio is currently at work with Tink, Cruella, Mulan and The Lion King. Last year, the studio revealed that a live-action prequel of Aladdin titled Genies, is currently in the works.
The 1992 animated Disney classic was based on Arabian folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights. The animated film, which notably featured Robin Williams as the genie, was a critical and a box office success, grossing over $207 million in the United States and $504 million worldwide, making it that year’s top-grossing film.
The original Aladdin also won many awards, most of them for its soundtrack. It took two Oscar awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for A Whole New World. It also got awards from Golden Gloves and Grammy Awards while Robin Williams got awards for his voice work of the genie.
Guy Ritchie is most known for his crime films and stylized, period-centric “guy”-movies, directing the crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the 2009 detective mystery Sherlock Holmes and its sequel 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
The English filmmaker also helmed 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and currently working on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Although the directorial job is not yet already set in stone and no release date has been announced, critics and fans of the beloved animated Disney classic are wondering for the unusual pairing. Perhaps it will be a good collaboration or a possible disaster, but one thing is for sure, Disney is in full swing for the reinvention of its animated classics.
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