Congratulations, Disney Studios. You’ve successfully made the “impossible”, possible.
After announcing that a live-action movie focusing on Prince Charming is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Thursday (15th July) that Disney will also develop “Genies”, a live-action “Aladdin” prequel about a spirit of Arabian folklore.
Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, “Aladdin” is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film based on Arabic folk tale “One Thousand and One Nights”. The story mainly centres on Aladdin, a street urchin who finds a magic lamp that unleashes Genie, a blue-skinned spirit who grants him 3 wishes. Aladdin was voiced by Scott Weinger while Genie, the blue-skinned spirit from the magic lamp was voiced by Robin Williams.
Though Williams has passed away, the studio proceeded to develop a Genie-centred prequel of the 1992 animated classic, based on a screenplay written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. According to THR, it would “focus on the realm of the Genies and reveal how Aladdin’s Genie ended up enslaved in the lamp”. Tripp Vinson of Vinson Films, who served as executive producer for this year’s “San Andreas“, is on board to produce the prequel. The development of the project is still in its infancy stage, but THR further reported that “the long-term plan is to have the project lead into an Aladdin live-action movie”.
No further details regarding the “Aladdin” prequel were released and it is also unsure who will join the cast to voice Genie. Following the success of last year’s “Maleficent” or this year’s “Cinderella“, a number of Disney’s other animated classics will also be adapted into movies.
The animated classics that will be made into live-action versions include:
- The Jungle Book
- Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- Beauty and the Beast
- Winnie the Pooh
- Fantasia – Night On Bald Mountain
- Prince Charming
- Maleficent 2
The film does not have a release date yet, but what do you think of this? Who do you think should voice Genie? Let us know in the comments section below!