‘Aladdin’ Prequel Added to Disney’s Live-Action Movie To-Do List
Disney’s live-action movie plans sure did escalate quickly. Following the studio’s huge success with Maleficent and Cinderella, they’re showing no signs of slowing down as they continuously add more live-action projects to their ever-growing pile. Next on Disney’s agenda? A live-action prequel to Aladdin.
THR reports that Disney is developing a live-action film to serve as a prequel of sorts to their 1992 animated classic, focusing on the character of Genie, voiced in the original film by the late, great Robin Williams. The prequel, currently titled Genie, takes us into the world of genies to show us how Aladdin’s Genie found himself enslaved in the mystical lamp.
Disney’s own 1992 film was based on a centuries-old fable, but in their version, Aladdin is an unlucky but charismatic street urchin who stumbles upon a magical lamp and frees the comedic Genie trapped inside. Aladdin uses his three wishes to become a more fitting suitor for the love of his life, Princess Jasmine, but encounters trouble in the form the Rasputin-like Jafar and his parrot sidekick.
Genie’s history is never really touched upon in the 1992 film, so we don’t know if he has a real name or where he originally comes from. We do know that he’s seemingly not bound by any one universe or timeline, as he rapidly quotes and references contemporary pop culture.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are scripting Genie for Disney, having previously written screenplays for Freddy vs. Jason and the Friday the 13th remake, as well as the upcoming Baywatch movie and the dark comedy O’Lucky Day (starring Peter Dinklage).
Disney currently has a slew of live-action projects in the works, including Beauty and the Beast, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Pete’s Dragon, Tinker Bell (with Reese Witherspoon), Mulan, Prince Charming, and a potential sequel to Maleficent.