Less than two weeks ago, it was confirmed that The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau was going to direct another live action Disney movie; The Lion King. Now, it has emerged that British filmmaker Guy Ritchie is in negotiations to helm a similarly-treated reboot of the studio's 1992 animated classic, Aladdin.
While no cast members have been linked to the film so far – with Ritchie yet to sign a deal officially – its likely to be a much more grown-up and action-packed outing that the original given the style of the director's most recent titles; Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Dan Lin, who produced both Sherlock Holmes and sequel, A Game Of Shadows is already on board to produce too.
John August, the writer behind Tim Burton's Big Fish and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, has reportedly written the latest script with sources adding that the screenwriter has tried to maintain the musical elements of the cartoon. One thing that has remained under wraps however, is whether the new film will again centre around the titular protagonist or if the story will revolve more around a previously supporting character, such as Robin Williams' Genie (possibly one of the late actor's most beloved performances).
Aladdin joins a long list of live-action adaptations that Disney currently have in development. Beauty And The Beast, starring Dan Stevens and Emma Watson as the leads, will be the next similar outing on the silver screen, released in March 2017 .
The studio also have a follow-up to Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent reportedly in the works – and a live action 101 Dalmatians movie, focusing solely on villain Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone signed on to play the lead. Mulan is another animated classic that has recently been confirmed too.
Disney have also confirmed that a long-awaited sequel to Mary Poppins is currently in development, with Ben Whishaw, Lin Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt set to star. To top all that off, there are rumours of The Little Mermaid being rebooted as well as Tim Burton having 'agreed' to direct a live-action Dumbo flick.
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