Disney is turning just about all its animated hits into live-action films these days, and now the studio has locked down a proven hit-maker to bring Aladdin to life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has tapped Guy Ritchie (the Sherlock Holmes movies) to helm Aladdin. The project is being described as an “ambitious and non-traditional take” on the beloved animated tale. It might seem like an odd fit for Ritchie’s style, but Disney apparently wants to jazz up Aladdin with a “non-linear” approach. But don’t worry, they’ll still be hanging onto the musical aspects of the animated version. Which is smart, considering the first film won Oscars for best song and best score.
But the big question? How they’ll handle the character of the Genie, who was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the animated original. Genie is arguably the most memorable thing about the film, so getting it right (and honoring Williams’ performance in the process) will be a tall order.
Ritchie cut his teeth on slick crime dramas like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and he’ll tackle Aladdin after wrapping his King Arthur film at Warner Bros. John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride) wrote the script for the live-action version. Dan Lin, a producer on the Sherlock Holmes series, is producing, and Jonathan Eirich is executive-producing.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)