ByFranco Gucci, writer at
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has been enjoying a lot of success with its live-action adaptions of classic animated movies, such as Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and most recently from early signs, Beauty and the Beast. But the studio's not stopping there, as it's currently developing various live-action films based on different properties. One of those is Aladdin, directed by .

Things have been moving forward nicely for films like Mulan and The Lion King, but one new adventure in particular we know very little about is Aladdin. Since Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) was announced as director, we've heard next to nothing about it, hinting that a long time would pass before we were able to see the project come to life. But the film is coming sooner than we expected.

What?! [Credit: Disney]
What?! [Credit: Disney]

Production Weekly put out their weekly list of upcoming films going into production. Surprisingly, Aladdin's there, listed as starting filming in the United Kingdom, in July 2017 and ending in January of 2018. The film currently doesn't have a release date, but considering the post-production process for such a CGI-heavy project usually takes around a year to complete, we could be expecting it in theaters at some point in 2019.

Thats certainly a surprise. Like I said, there's been very little movement from the project, but such a set production schedule indicates that Disney is fast-tracking Aladdin. It's worth keeping in mind that's just the projected production date and that could change, but for now, it appears as if it's full steam ahead for Aladdin. It makes complete sense mainly for two reasons.

Aladdin [Credit: Disney]
Aladdin [Credit: Disney]

is a beloved animated classic, and as it was revealed when Ritchie was announced as director, Disney hopes for the film to start a franchise, as they previously did in animated form with two sequels and a TV series. The studio has had incredible success with franchises such as Star Wars and Marvel, so taking advantage of a classic film like this one - which opens the door for numerous story possibilities - is a no-brainer.

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Second, the studio has expressed numerous times its intentions to be much more diverse and inclusive with its different franchises. The film, whether it's set in China (like the original story) or Arabia (where the animated film takes place) gives it the perfect opportunity to start doing that.

Overall, this is a great update. Now that production's set to begin in just a few months, it means we should start getting casting announcements soon. I think it's safe to say now's the time to get excited.

[Credit: Disney]
[Credit: Disney]

The script for Aladdin was written by John August and the film is being produced by Dan Lin.

Who would you like to see cast as Aladdin? Who could possibly step into Robin Williams' role to portray the Genie? Let me know in the comments!

[Source: Production Weekly]

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