It seems Aladdin is hopping on a magic-carpet ride to live action, like The Jungle Book andBeauty and the Beast, with Guy Ritchie in negotiations to direct the film written by Big Fish's John August, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The animated version was the highest-grossing film of 1992 and won Oscars for Best Score and Best Song for 'A Whole New World'. Ritchie's version is apparently going to keep the musical elements.
Dan Lin, who worked with Ritchie on the Sherlock Holmes movies, is set to produce the untraditional take on Aladdin through his Lin Pictures company. The director is said to be using his signature, non-linear storytelling for the film. Let's just hope Aladdin isn't transformed from a diamond in the rough to a wisecracking cockney.
We feel sorry for the actor who has to follow the peerless Robin Williams as the Genie. Then again, they might not go far wrong looking at Trevor Dion Nicholas, currently making UK audiences wish they had a friend like him in the stage musical.
The huge success of this year's Jungle Book reboot has led to its director Jon Favreau being tasked with a new "reimagining" of The Lion King.
Recent years have also seen Disney deliver new versions of Cinderella and Maleficent, while the next one heading our way is Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, with Mulan to follow in 2018.
Via Harper's Bazaar UK