It's no secret that Disney is going ahead with a few live-action remakes and retellings of their animated classics. We've already seen Maleficent and Cinderella make it to the big screen, and with Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Mulan all on the way, there seems to be no sign of slowing down the Disney live-action train.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the next Disney movie to get the live-action treatment is none other than the Arabic folktale turned musical comedy Aladdin. But, in the same vein as Maleficent, this won't be a simple remake. We all know Aladdin's story and how he came to his happy ending, so this film aims to tell the origin story of another fan favorite character: Genie!
If you've ever wanted to know how Genie became imprisoned in his lamp, this comedy adventure will answer all of your questions!
Still in its pre-production phase, Genies, will be penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th) and will have Tripp Vinson (The Number 23) producing through Vinson Films. The longterm goal of this project is to then have it tie into a live-action Aladdin movie in the future.
While I have full confidence that Disney knows what they're doing - have they ever really let us down before? - I'm still wondering if we'll soon start to feel fatigued with these live-action remakes.
There is no word on who is being looked at to play Genie, but we know that they're going to have some seriously huge shoes to fill. Since the late, great Robin Williams is truly irreplaceable, I imagine they'll end up going for someone pretty different to keep the comparisons at a minimum.
Since Robin Williams' Genie portrayal was such a huge part of fans' lives, and Disney history as a whole, I'm sure they'll end up casting someone who can do the character justice.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)