Guy Ritchie Circling to Direct Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Movie

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The upcoming live-action Aladdin movie may have its director.

Guy Ritchie, known for much-loved gangster pictures Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, as well the Robert Downey Jr-starring Sherlock Holmes films, is said to have entered negotiations to direct a new version of Aladdin. THR broke the news, reporting that the new live-action version “will keep many of the musical elements of the original.”

The film is to be an adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film, which reimagined a folk tale that told of a young man who is granted three wishes by a genie trapped to his magical lamp. The film was a huge hit, becoming the highest-grossing film of ’92 and earning two Academy Awards: Best Score and Best Song (“A Whole New World”).

There’s no word as yet on how the film’s Genie will be reimagined. The late Robin Williams made the character his with a hugely entertaining, quick witted and heartfelt performance, so there are certainly big shoes to fill in that department.

The new film’s screenplay comes from John August, whose credits include Titan A.E., Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Tim Burton pictures Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie.

Next up for Ritchie is the Charlie Hunnam-starring King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.