Disney has had its share of successes when it comes to live-action remakes such as Aladdin, Lion King and the like, and with that said, the Mouse House wants to make more money given the fact that its recent projects have brought in more than a billion dollars.
Aladdin has been one of those films that have been a success for Disney last year after it hit the billion-dollar mark worldwide and now, after months of speculations, its finally getting a sequel with Aladdin 2 already in the works.
According to Variety, Flight’s John Gatins and Straight Outta Compton’s Andrea Berloff have been hired the Aladdin 2 script which took months of conversations as they tried to figure out what direction to go next in the anticipated sequel.
The outlet’s sources say that after six months of conversations and figuring out what direction to go in next, the producers finally figured out what they wanted to do with the follow-up.
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith are expected to reprise their respective roles for Aladdin 2
It’s also unclear whether director Guy Ritchie will take part in the project though according to THR’s own sources, he will return to his directing duties. Apart from that, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith are also expected to reprise their respective roles of Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie, although apparently official offers won’t be extended until the Aladdin 2 script is ready.
Aladdin 2 is meant to be theatrical release and the story could take on that of its animated predecessor, that is to say, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, though the live-action sequel will be a brand new take.
If the project is taken on, Aladdin would be the third Disney property to get a sequel in the studio’s lineup of live-action remakes and re-imaginings in the modern era. 2010’s Alice in Wonderland was followed by 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, and 2014’s Maleficent was followed by last year’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. There’s also a Jungle Book sequel in development, but there hasn’t been any major update on that project in years.
Aladdin was able to make $1.051 billion worldwide despite having mixed reviews, making it the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2019, and currently the 34th highest-grossing movie ever. Along with the folks mentioned earlier, the cast included Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia and Alan Tudyk as the voice of Iago.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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