We’re going to get a lot of live action reboots of our favorite animated reboots of old fairy tales in the near future. Disney is working on a fair amount of them themselves (like Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast) in order to capitalize on the momentum brought on by Maleficent and Cinderella. Naturally, they’d get around to something universally loved so here we are.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney tapped Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th, and Baywatch writers (what) Damian Shannon and Mark Swift to pen a live action prequel that’ll tell the story of how the Genie became trapped in the lamp. And if all goes according to plan (i.e. it makes a lot of money), then it’ll lead into a full on live action Aladdin. There are so many things to like, and dislike, about this news. Chiefly, that it’s probably going to be super weird and that’ll be an interesting watch.
Then again, no one can do the Genie justice. It was completely Williams’ influence that made the character as popular as it was, so the film’s already starting in a hole.[via THR]