Guy Ritchie In Negotiations to Direct Live-Action Aladdin Remake

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Guy Ritchie, well-known for creating such eccentric films as Snatch, Robert Downey Jr.‘s Sherlock Holmes movies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the upcoming King Arthur reboot is being tabbed by Disney to take on what Disney calls “an ambitious and non-traditional take on Aladdin”. 

To further this approach, Ritchie’s former Holmes colleague, Dan Lin, has already signed on as a producer via his Lin Pictures brand.  Jonathan Eirich will be serving as Executive Producer under Lin and Lin Pictures behalf.

Aladdin, the animated film, debuted in 1992 as one of Disney’s many animated musicals.  The movie, set in the Middle-East, followed a street-rat who is given 3 wishes, used to raise him to prominence.  It starred the incomparable Robin Williams as the iconic Genie.

Writer, John August, has already penned the script for the live-action remake and is said to keep many of the musical elements from the animated version.  However, it remains to be seen what they do with characters like Iago the Parrot, Apu the Monkey, and the late Williams’ Genie.

Disney aims to make Aladdin a non-linear tale, much like most of Guy Ritchie’s films.  Meaning, you’ll see what Ritchie wants you to see with flashbacks that will complete the picture.

Aladdin is just one of many live-action remakes Disney is working on, including The Lion King, Mulan, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast musical.

What are your thoughts on the re-imagined Aladdin?