Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have had a crazy few years, and they’re not slowing down any time soon.
The Oscar, Tony and Grammy winners who have crafted songs for La La Land and The Greatest Showman will soon be teaming up with legendary Disney music maestro Alan Menken on Aladdin. The upcoming live-action adaptation will star Mena Massoud in the titular role, Will Smith as Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, with direction by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch).
If Menken’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the 8-time (EIGHT!) Oscar winner who helped craft some of the most recognisable music behind some of Disney’s biggest hits, including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas.
News of Pasek and Paul’s Aladdin signing first broke in July 2017, but more details on what they’re tackling has now come to light. Speaking to Variety, Pasek and Paul revealed a few interesting new tidbits, such as the fact that they’ve written a new duet for Aladdin and Jasmine, which Paul called “a sweet song.” Exciting stuff, but how can you compete with “A Whole New World”?
Just in case you’re freaking out, it’s okay, the new film will be keeping the classic musical hits we all know and love.
The duo said they have also penned a new song for Jasmine. “Alan wrote a beautiful piece of music,” Paul told Variety, “and [Scott] is incredible.”
And the pair also revealed that they have written a new verse for “Arabian Nights,” one of the oh-so catchy songs from the original film.
The live-action Aladdin movie is scheduled to arrive in Australia on 23 May 2019 and to open in the US on 24 May 2019.
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