Anyone who has been keeping up with list of popular animated films being adapted to live-action movies during the past few years has probably wondered how long it would take for Aladdin to join the fray. Well, the wait is over. It was recently announced that Disney is developing a live-action version of this animated classic.
The 1992 musical fantasy brought the centuries-old Arabic folk tale to the big screen. The story centers on Aladdin, a street urchin who comes across an oil lamp containing a genie. When Aladdin frees the genie, the spirit grants him three wishes. Other prominent characters include Aladdin’s love interest Princess Jasmine and the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier Jafar, who plots to keep the couple apart and to use the lamp for his own purposes.
The will be a prequel titled Genies. Described as a comedy adventure, it will focus on the world of the genies and explain how Aladdin’s genie came to be enslaved in the lamp.
The film will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who have collaborated on several projects, including Freddy vs. Jason and Friday the 13th. Producing is Tripp Vinson (San Andreas).
As Rolling Stone reports, the studio’s more immediate releases “include a version of The Jungle Book that will mix live-action and animation; the film was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken. A new iteration of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson is scheduled to arrive in 2017.”