To me, Aladdin is the definitive Disney movie: it's charming and funny and has chutzpah up the wazoo. Not to mention that Aladdin is clearly the best-looking Disney prince. Throw in the fact that it has the vocal talents of Gilbert Gottfried and Robin Williams and really, there is no argument.
But it's hard to get excited about Disney's announcement of a live-action prequel — called Genies — that will focus on, you guessed it, the Genie. The new film will take place in the land of genies, and recount the story of how the genie was trapped in the lamp in the first place. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, whose writing credits include past installments of the classic children's franchise Friday the 13th, are slated to write Genies, which will be produced by Tripp Vinson.
The latest in a series of lucrative live-action Disney remakes
Genies will be the latest in a series of lucrative live-action Disney remakes that includes Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella. (Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Pinocchio are all in the works.) Disney fans have flocked to the films — Maleficent and Cinderella earned over $758 million and $539 million, respectively — and the studio clearly sees Genies as another cash bonanza. The prequel will ultimately lead to a live-action version of the original Aladdin as well, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
The project is said to still be in the early stages, and there are no details on the cast, or whether the Genie will be played by a live actor or be computer generated.