Disney Developing Live-Action Aladdin Prequel


Walt Disney Pictures is determined to re-imagine as many of their animated pictures into live-action outings as possible.

THR reports that Disney is working on a live-action prequel to the 1992 animated classic Aladdin.

Titled Genies, the film will be set in “the realm of the Genies” and will tell of how Aladdin’s Genie originally came to be enslaved within the lamp. The story will also feature the inclusion of a love interest and sorcerer.

The film is to be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, screenwriters known for horror remakes Freddy vs. Jason and Friday the 13th. Tripp Vinson, who recently worked as an executive producer on Dwayne Johnson vehicle San Andreas, is attached to produce.

The original animated film from Disney, itself a re-imagining of an Arabic folk tale, earned two Oscars (Best Score & Best Original Song for “A Whole New World”) and was the highest grossing film of 1992 ($504.1 million worldwide). The late Robin Williams brought his signature voice to the part of Genie.