Disney going back to the lamp with live-action ‘Aladdin’ prequel ‘Genies’

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Prequel.

The classic rags to riches story of a street dweller-turned-hero on a magic carpet looks set to be the latest Disney franchise to get the live-action treatment, with a new Aladdin movie also rumoured to be in the works. Information is scarce at the moment, but it’s being reported that the new movie will focus on the life of the Genie before he got into the trapped in the lamp.

There’s no release date yet and no clue as to who’ll be starring as the Genie, but whoever it is will have big bracelets to fill, as Robin Williams owned to role in the 1992 film, but he sadly passed away last year. The original Aladdin story is contained 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. 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. Williams’ characterization is an iconic bit of voice acting — so whoever steps into the role next will have some large shoes to fill. (Even though Genie doesn’t have feet.) The project is being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the duo who also penned the 2009 horror flick Friday the 13th and the upcoming O’ Lucky Day, starring Peter Dinklage.

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