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An Aladdin prequel is the next on Disney's live-action adaptation agenda

07.15.2015

It's almost comical at this point just how quickly Disney is getting these live-action adaptations off the ground. There are so many in various stages of development that it would be easier to list which of their animated classics aren't getting the live-action treatment. Per THR, ALADDIN will be the next film on Disney's live-action chopping block but, as with most things, there's a twist.

Instead of functioning as a straight-up remake, the film will instead take the prequel route and focus on how Aladdin's famous Genie, so perfectly voiced by Robin Williams in ALADDIN, ended up enslaved in that magic lamp to begin with. The prequel, which is going by the title GENIES, is still in the early stages of development but a script is currently underway with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (FREDDY VS JASON) taking on writing duties.

I've never been the biggest fan of this new live-action fairy tale trend which seems to be taking over Hollywood, but I suppose that a film which delves into the realm of the Genies isn't something I've seen before. Do I want to though? Hell if I know. Take your pills and settle down Kevin.

Are there any Disney films yet to get the live-action treatment that you'd actually want to see?

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Source: THR

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11:27AM on 07/17/2015

Yeah, sure...

Bring on the abandoning father, the dying mother, the slavery & Cie !
SOOOOO Disney !
Bring on the abandoning father, the dying mother, the slavery & Cie !
SOOOOO Disney !
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7:44AM on 07/16/2015

two

So we are getting two live action Aladdin movies. I know im looking forward to Adam green madness more.
So we are getting two live action Aladdin movies. I know im looking forward to Adam green madness more.
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12:00AM on 07/16/2015

Will they hire an actor to impersonate Robin Williams?

I hope not, because no one could do justice to his performance. Not to mention that it would be hard to find a guy who can impersonate him that also looks like the character. I'd rather they model him after the Broadway version (a large black guy). People loved James Monroe Iglehart's performance. Also, that way, they won't have to paint the actor blue.
I hope not, because no one could do justice to his performance. Not to mention that it would be hard to find a guy who can impersonate him that also looks like the character. I'd rather they model him after the Broadway version (a large black guy). People loved James Monroe Iglehart's performance. Also, that way, they won't have to paint the actor blue.
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9:06PM on 07/15/2015
Wonder if this will be similar to Prince of Persia in some aspects.
Wonder if this will be similar to Prince of Persia in some aspects.
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11:25PM on 07/15/2015
That's what I thought too.
That's what I thought too.
8:03PM on 07/15/2015

I'll believe it when i see a release date

With the massive success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, i imagine Disney is hard at work making all their movies ready for live action adaptation. But lets be realistic here, they can't do them all. Not in the immediate future anyway. Right now we have "Jungle Book" (4/15/16), "Pete's Dragon" (8/12/16), and Beauty and the Beast" (3/17/17) as the only sure fire live action remakes coming out. Everything else might as well be considered a rumor until a release date is given.
With the massive success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, i imagine Disney is hard at work making all their movies ready for live action adaptation. But lets be realistic here, they can't do them all. Not in the immediate future anyway. Right now we have "Jungle Book" (4/15/16), "Pete's Dragon" (8/12/16), and Beauty and the Beast" (3/17/17) as the only sure fire live action remakes coming out. Everything else might as well be considered a rumor until a release date is given. We dont know if they are doing this movie, or Mulan, or Pinocchio, or something else in 2018.

They will probably make an official announcement next month at D23.
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7:52PM on 07/15/2015

Why not just call it Arabian Nights?

I really hope it's not going to be called "Aladdin: The Pre-Teen Years". I would rather see "Arabian Nights" and have Aladdin as a smaller role and focus more on the mishaps in the big city of Arabia. Make it about Aladdin's father being the King of Thieves, how Aladdin met Abu, throw in some cool stories about rumors of a Genie's Lamp in the background to hint towards Aladdin's future but nothing heavy handed.

Just because it's Disney, it doesn't mean it's aiming towards kids. This could
I really hope it's not going to be called "Aladdin: The Pre-Teen Years". I would rather see "Arabian Nights" and have Aladdin as a smaller role and focus more on the mishaps in the big city of Arabia. Make it about Aladdin's father being the King of Thieves, how Aladdin met Abu, throw in some cool stories about rumors of a Genie's Lamp in the background to hint towards Aladdin's future but nothing heavy handed.

Just because it's Disney, it doesn't mean it's aiming towards kids. This could easily become a Pirate of the Caribbean style movie but set in Agrabah. I do like the idea of focusing on Aladdin's father now that I mentioned it earlier lol.
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7:51PM on 07/15/2015
Do we actually need the prequel? Not for me though.
Do we actually need the prequel? Not for me though.
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