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.

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

2 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Oh, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought (going by the trailer at least) that thought the new King Arthur sounded like Arfur the tough. There have certainly been some weird and wonderful (and not so wonderful) versions of Aladdin over the years. I was trying to explain about English panto and the characters Widow Twankie and Wishy Washy to somebody who came from the Middle East. They didn’t call it “fan-fic” but they did observe that they did not recognise it as the story from the Thousand and One Nights.

    • Olga Hughes

      Fairy tales get adapted so much they often don’t resemble the original, Aladdin is one I have not read in years and years. I’ll have to remedy that.

      I am really disappointed with the trailer for Ritchie’s Arthur, I was so pleased to hear there would be new films, but it looks kind of lame. And he has set it in London like Disney’s version, rather than Wales. I think I’ll give it a miss.