Following the global success of Disney’s live-action remake of the animated classic “Aladdin,” The Hollywood Reporter has reported that a sequel is now in the works.
“Aladdin” made over $1 billion worldwide at the box office and was one of the top ten highest-grossing films in the U.S. for the year 2019. Add to that the success “The Lion King” which ranked in the top five and it’s easy to see why Disney is going to continue with the live-action format and start producing sequels.
Guy Ritchie is set to return to the director’s chair as he was for the first. His most recent project “The Gentleman” was released last month but he is now set to collaborate with Disney once again.
There is no news on casting as of yet, however, it’s hard to imagine the sequel would get the greenlight without Mena Massoud, Will Smith and Naomi Scott on board. Massoud starred in the titular role of Aladdin, whilst Smith won acclaim for his performance as the magic genie who helps Aladdin win over Princess Jasmine, played by Scott.
Smith’s performance was seen as a return to form for the Academy Award nominated actor. After a string of disappointing releases in recent years, Smith earnt himself a Razzie Redeemer nomination at this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards for his performance.
Plot details have yet to be revealed, but it is expected that the sequel may be based on a story from “One Thousand and One Nights” after a writer’s room was held by Disney throughout the last summer.
Producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback will return to the project too, whose 2019 films also included “It: Chapter Two” and “The Two Popes.”
The news of a sequel now asks questions on whether more of the recent slate of Disney remakes will also be given follow-ups considering their huge box office success.
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