In even more Disney live-action news, Deadline reports that Guy Ritchie is in talks with Disney to direct the live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic Aladdin. John August (Frankenweenie, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is penning the script and The Lego Movie’s Dan Lin is producing. Considered one of the best films of the Disney Renaissance, Disney’s Aladdin is a musical take on the folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights.
Apparently Ritchie has pitched an ” ambitious and non-traditional” take and will make use of his distinctive non-linear style, despite the fact that it is expected the film will retain many of its original songs, including A Whole New World. Ritchie’s latest King Arthur, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, looks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with swords, but we can expect Ritchie’s Aladdin to have a lot of charisma. A new take on Robin Williams’ genie may prove a little more daunting.