#Disney might have the art of creating enchanted, animated musical fairytales right down to a science, but they ain't never had a friend like Guy Ritchie. In October 2016, they announced that Ritchie would direct the live-action reboot of #Aladdin, one of many live-action reboots in the works at Disney.
We don't know much about the project yet, but Vulture recently got a chance to sit down with Sean Bailey, the president of motion picture production at Walt Disney Studios. Bailey spilled the beans on why Ritchie is the perfect fit for Aladdin:
"Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’
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As far as job titles go, "street hustler" is definitely one jump ahead of "street rat."
Bailey then continued:
Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before."
Aladdin's got a lot to live up to after the success of not only the original, but Disney's latest live-action reboot, Beauty and the Beast, which has been smashing records and cleaning up at the box office, hauling in a staggering $174 million since it came out on the March 17.
Do you think 'Aladdin' will beat 'Beauty and the Beast' at the box office?