One of the next Disney movies up for live-action treatment will be the 1992 animation Aladdin - though they’ve got a surprising choice of director.
Disney announced that Guy Ritchie will be directing the remake, which has come as quite the surprise to fans given Ritchie’s portfolio so far.
In his defense, it’s not as though he’s totally unfamiliar with magic and fantasy films. Ritchie directed the Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, and his latest film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is, obviously, an adventure story. Sure, it’s a weird choice, but it’s also pretty exciting to consider how his skills will be applied to this remake.
When Disney first announced that they were planning on remaking Aladdin back in July last year, it was looking as though it would be more of a Maleficent-style prequel about how the Genie actually came to inhabit the lamp. The script then was reported as being worked on by Damien Shannon and Mark Swift, though now it appears John August is writing the current draft, suggesting that it’s now going to be more of a direct remake of the original film.
If it’s going to be anything like the massively successful remakes Disney have been making lately, like Pete’s Dragon and The Jungle Book, I’m certainly excited for it.