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Disney is making an ‘Aladdin’ prequel; and people aren’t happy

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Aladdin Live-Action Prequel in the Works at Disney.

Disney is mounting a live action prequel to Aladdin, the classic 1992 animation best known for the late Robin Williams’s exuberant voice work as the famed genie of the lamp.Disney continues to make its way through its back catalogue of animated classics in search of new material, with the studio reportedly working on a live-action prequel to 1992’s . The film will mark the latest reworking of the studio’s hand-drawn back catalogue: this time around, Disney plans a movie titled Genies, which will examine the backstory of the magical spirits known from Arabian mythology. The studio has announced a long list of live-action remakes of its classic films, with Mulan, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and One Hundred and One Dalmatians all set to get a makeover.

Aladdin is a centuries-old Arabic folk tale that got the animated Disney treatment in 1992 in a film featuring Robin Williams as the voice of the blue-skinned Genie. 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. Disney released the live-action remake of Cinderella earlier this year, and in 2014 brought us Angelina Jolie in the Sleeping Beauty prequel Malificent. The musical film tells the story of how a young street urchin retrieves the magical lamp, and its blue-skinned occupant, from a cave of wonders and embarks on romance and adventure.

Vinson, an exec producer on this summer’s hit San Andreas, is producing Bob the Musical, Disney’s music-inclined comedy which Michel Hazanavicius is directing, as well as Prince Charming, also for the studio. 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.) The unconfirmed announcement has been met with trepidation on Twitter, with one fan pleading with Disney not to ruin one of Robin Williams’ “greatest pieces of work”. But they segued into comedy, working most recently on the Baywatch movie project and O’Lucky Day, which has Peter Dinklage attached, both at Paramount. Actor Andy Serkis (pictured above, the pioneer of motion capture performance, as Gollum, King Kong and Caesar in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is directing.

A story told on film and TV many times, but the 1991 Disney version was a strong and imaginative animation: it was the first animated film to be nominated for a best picture Oscar. Emma Watson is Belle; Dan Stevens, who was Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey and Sir Lancelot in A Night At The Museum: Secrets Of The Tomb, is the Beast. Many of the gang from the 2010 live-action film are back, including Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.

There was much excitement when Sofia Coppola signed on last year to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, that classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of sacrifice and painful transformation. There was plenty of speculation about casting, but no names were ever announced, although model Andreja Pejic was at once point rumoured to be up for a small role. On the afternoon he died, Arthur Cave paused and smiled for a selfie as he stood, appearing relaxed, in front of a windmill on the southern English coastline. The 15-year-old, who was the son of Australian musician Nick Cave, sent the photograph to a school friend through messaging app Snapchat at 3.40pm on Tuesday. The wire fence at the top of the cliff has now become a makeshift shrine where family and school friends, some of whom arrived on bicycles, left flowers and messages for Arthur on Wednesday.

Police do not yet know how Arthur died, but police sources have told British news outlets that Arthur, described by his father as a keen drummer, may have died following a tragic accident, and not a suicide. Arthur’s parents and his twin brother, Earl, visited the cliff top on Wednesday afternoon and viewed tributes placed there, Brighton’s The Argus newspaper reported. “I’m devastated, I can’t even explain it – I’m just broken. At the school’s prize-giving ceremony, headmaster Dr Richard Maloney also mentioned Earl, who played Claudio, as being among the “stand-out performances”. In a 2009 interview with Fairfax Media for Good Weekend, Nick Cave said he was living through “one of those beautiful times in a father-son relationship where I can’t do anything wrong”.

About children, he said: “I think everybody – parents, the state, the health and safety advocates, the education system, everybody should take a step back and let them be.” In a 2008 interview with The Guardian, Cave’s wife, Susie Bick, the mother of twins Arthur and Earl, said of her husband: “He’s just adorable. He’s just the warmest person, he’s got the biggest heart.” But wasn’t he supposed to be the antichrist? “I know,” she had laughed. “He’s so the opposite of what people imagine.

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