Guy Ritchie hired for the Aladdin live-action film project by Disney.
After the success of some classic movies in live action format thanks to CGI, Disney launched a campaign to remake some of its classics into live action feature films.
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The biggest success earlier this year, The Jungle Book is testament that the next step in film making is a hit with the audiences and that is why the production has already announced a handful of films that it will be releasing in the coming years.
One of those fan favorite movies is Aladdin. Released in 1992, the movie was Disney’s take on the classic Arabian Delights’ tale about a poor boy coming in possession of a genie lamp who grants him three wishes while an evil sorcerer is also after the coveted lamp.
The movie was a big hit especially because of Robin William’s voice rendition for Genie and became the highest grossing movie of the year.
The movie is set to be adapted into a live action feature film by Disney and Lin Pictures. Dan Lin has opted to give the movie’s direction to none other than Guy Ritchie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ritchie is known for his iconic style which sets him apart from the rest of the directors. Lin having worked with him on Robert Downey Jr.’s remake of Sherlock Holmes might want to give the same direction to Aladdin.
Some of Ritchie’s well known projects include, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch that used that kind of storytelling. He last directed The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He also directed the remake of King Arthur retelling the story of Camelot which is in post-production.
Having Ritchie and Lin on the Aladdin project gives the fans a feel that the movie will be in a non-traditional format with underlying themes.
John August has written the script for the live-action version, which sources say will keep many of the musical elements of the original and Jonathan Eirich will serve as the executive producer.