October 10, 2016


Live-Action 'Aladdin' Remake May Be Directed by the Guy Who Gave Us 'Snatch'

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Aladdin already made its way to Broadway with a musical in 2011, and now it's getting a live-action reboot. The beloved 1992 film's IRL makeover is in talks with Guy Ritchie to direct.

The Hollywood Reporter says John August, who penned the reboots of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie's Angels, wrote the script, which will keep many of the musical elements from the original. Lin Pictures will be in charge, with Jonathan Eirich executive producing.

This appears to be different from the live-action prequel called Genies that was promised last year, which was shelved by Disney, since Robin Williams restricted use of his image for 25 years after his death in his will. We'll be curious to see how Lin Pictures pays tribute to Williams, who famously played the boisterous blue Genie, without too much reference.

Ritchie last directed The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Robert Downey Jr.–starring Sherlock Holmes movies. He debuted in 1998 with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, followed in 2000 by Snatch.