July 16, 2015


Are You Ready for Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Prequel About Genies?

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Disney has been taking a novel approach to the pervasive reboot/remake culture lately by making live-action versions built around its classic stories and characters. Among others, we've had Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella in the last few years. Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book are all on the way.

Today we can add Aladdin to the list. The 1992 film made $504 million worldwide and became a Broadway musical in 2011 (pictured above). Now the tale's getting a live-action prequel titled GeniesThe Hollywood Reporter reveals. "Although Genies is only in the early stages of development, the long-term plan is to have the project lead into an Aladdin live-action movie," THR writes.

The writers, oddly enough, are Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, whose only features have been Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. Genies will focus on "the realm" of the wish-granting immortals and show how Aladdin's Robin Williams-voice buddy ended up trapped in his lamp. Looking forward to seeing who steps into those Robin-sized shoes...