“Sherlock Holmes” director Guy Ritchie has been tapped to usher Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Aladdin” to the big screen.
Ritchie will lend his stylistic approach to the reworking of the 1992 animated film, which follows the tale of a young man who is granted three wishes by a genie in a magical lamp. Many of the original film’s musical elements will be kept intact for the live-action adaptation. The original film won two Oscars for Best Score and Best Song for the duet “A Whole New World”.
Disney is still said to be determining how to approach the character of the Genie, famously voiced by Robin Williams in one of his career-defining performances. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the studio is looking to approach the story in a non-linear fashion, in line with Ritchie’s other films, “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels”.
Ritchie is in final negotiations to come on board the project as he wraps up work on “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword”.
“Aladdin” comes on the heels of recent box office and critical success of live-action re-telling of “The Jungle Book” and upcoming sequels for “Beauty And The Beast”, “Mulan” and “Dumbo”, among others.