Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Sets Guy Ritchie as Director

Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Sets Guy Ritchie as Director

It sometimes feels as though a fresh story about a live-action remake/re-imagining of a Disney animated classic breaks every week nowadays. For example, the Mouse House recently announced plans to develop a new version of The Lion King – with The Jungle Book (2016) director Jon Favreau overseeing the project – before, shortly thereafter, settling on an official release date for a live-action adaptation of its 1998 animated film, Mulan. And now, it’s Aladdin‘s turn to make headlines.

Disney is indeed moving forward with a live-action version of its 1992 animated hit Aladdin; itself, based on the character/story from the collection of Middle-Eastern folktales known as The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. The live-action Aladdin film is being written by John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie [2012]) and has even found its director, according to a new report.

THR has broken the news that Guy Ritchie – best known to most U.S. moviegoers for directing the Robert Downey Jr.-headlined Sherlock Holmes movies – is lining up to direct the live-action Aladdin for Disney. Furthermore, the site reports that “many” of the musical elements from the 1992 animated film (including, potentially, the Oscar-winning song “A Whole New World”) will be carried over into the live-action version.


We’ll bring you more information on Aladdin as it becomes available.


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