Aladdin Live-Action Prequel in the Works at Disney

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

An ‘Aladdin’ Prequel About The Genie Is Coming Soon From Disney.

You ain’t never had a friend like these: EW has confirmed that Disney is developing Genies, a live-action prequel to the beloved 1992 animated Arabian folktale Aladdin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will explore the world of the Genies and give the full backstory about how the one who plays a central role in the cartoon, voiced by Robin Williams, became a slave to whoever holds the magic lamp—trapped in an itty-bitty living space, despite his phenomenal cosmic powers. The original Aladdin story is in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights), in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave.

In case you can’t recall, the 1992 cartoon classic (was it really that long ago?) began with Aladdin freeing Genie and him granting the lovable street urchin three wishes. Vinson’s credits include exec producing “San Andreas” and producing “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island.” He’s also developing “Bob the Musical” for Disney with Michel Hazanavicius directing, as well as a Prince Charming movie for Disney. (Fun fact: Vinson’s bachelor party was true-life inspiration for 2009’s “The Hangover.”) Disney has been mining its library of animated movies for live-action inspiration, evidenced by recent reboots “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland,” the upcoming “Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson starring. Impersonating princes, getting thrown into the ocean by an evil mastermind and magic carpet sing-alongs ensue on the way to a standard Disney “happily ever after.” It’ll be interesting to see how this prequel sets Aladdin up, or stomps all over your childhood — however you want to look at it.

Though Genies is still in early development, the studio is reportedly planning to follow it up with a live-action Aladdin movie, according to THR. (No word, unfortunately, on whether a live-action Return of Jafar will come after.) Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, whose writing credits include past installments of the classic children’s franchise Friday the 13th, are slated to write Genies, which will be produced by Tripp Vinson. Genies will be the latest in a series of lucrative live-action Disney remakes that includes Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella. (Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Pinocchio are all in the works.) Disney fans have flocked to the films — Maleficent and Cinderella earned over $758 million and $539 million respectively — and the studio clearly sees Genies as another cash bonanza. The project is said to still be in the early stages and there are no details on the cast, or whether the Genie will be played by a live actor or be computer generated.

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