Live-Action Aladdin Prequel in the Works at Disney


The assembly line of live-action fairy tales continues to dominate at Disney, where not one but two more movies have recently been announced to follow in the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Maleficent and Cinderella. Earlier this month we learned that Disney had acquired the rights to a spec script called Prince Charming, a live-action comedy by Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) about the Prince’s wayward brother. Now this week they have announced that they are setting up a live-action prequel to their 1992 animated hit Aladdin, and if it is successful, it could lead to a full-on remake of Aladdin itself. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Disney is developing Genies, a live-action comedy adventure that focuses on the realm of the Genies and explores how Aladdin’s Genie ended up enslaved in the lamp. The script is being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason) with Tripp Vinson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) on board as producer. The plan is for this to launch a new franchise and eventually lead into a live-action Aladdin movie.

Over the next few years, Disney will also release live-action versions of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Pinocchio, plus a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. While most of these are stories that have already been told multiple times in different ways, there is something special about the 1992 version of Aladdin that somehow makes this idea feel a bit icky. Perhaps that is why they are starting with the prequel instead of a direct remake. Are you interested in a live-action Aladdin prequel or is this project somehow crossing a line?

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