After news broke of Walt Disney planning a live-action retelling of The Lion King and Mulan, it’s comes as no surprise that they’re adding another animated classic to that roster.
A live-action adaptation of the 1992 musical fantasy Aladdin is reportedly in the works at Disney with Sherlock Holmes‘ director Guy Ritchie set to direct from a script written by John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows).
The goal for this film is to make “an ambitious and non-traditional take on Aladdin,” so bringing in Ritchie sounds about just right, given the distinctive approach he used in Sherlock Holmes and The Man from UNCLE. And if those two films are any indication, our favorite magic carpet-riding hero could be getting an action-packed treatment.
No word yet on how the studio’s going to handle Genie’s character. Previously, the late Robin Williams managed to record lots of footage for the Genie role that didn’t make the final cut. There was just so much unused material that it could be used for a fourth Aladdin sequel. However, a stipulation in William’s will explicitly prevents any exploitation of those footage.
Dan Lin, who previously produced Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes through Warner Bros, is set to produce the film.