In what is probably the least surprising news you will hear today, yet another live-action remake of an animated classic is currently taking shape over at Disney. This one had been previously announced in a somewhat different form, but now seems to be falling in line with a more standard formula. A live-action version of Aladdin was already in development as of last year but at the time it was going to be a prequel that focused on the world of genies. Now this week we are hearing that a more straightforward remake of the 1992 animated film is happening and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie will be the one to see it through. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct a live-action version of Aladdin for Disney. The script was written by John August (Big Fish) and will reportedly maintain the musical elements of the original. They are claiming that it will be “an ambitious and non-traditional take” and that the story will be told out of order, which may or may not have been Ritchie’s idea.
The big question here is how they will handle the character of the Genie, voiced in the 1992 version by the late Robin Williams. One of the reasons that the prequel idea was ultimately discarded is that Williams had provisions in his will that prevented his likeness from being used for 25 years after his death. That also extends to outtakes from the original film, which Disney had considered exploiting in some way. At this point, it seems likely that the role will simply be recast and that will be that. Would you like to see an Aladdin remake or does the death of Robin Williams make this a trickier proposition?