Guy Ritchie in talks to direct live-action Aladdin


Guy Ritchie is reportedly in talks to direct Disney’s Aladdin remake.

Following the recent announcement that Jon Favreau is to direct Disney’s Lion King remake, it would seem that Disney have found yet another high profile director to tackle another of their live-action remakes.

This comes in the form of Guy Ritchie supposedly being in the running to direct their re-imaging of 1992’s Aladdin.

Although it was initially set to be a prequel to the 1992 film focusing on the Genie (originally played by Robin Williams), there has been some shifts in the planning at Disney, meaning that the film is now seeming to be a more straightforward remake of the animated version. As well as Guy Ritchie on board, the film currently has a writer in the form of John August, who penned the script for Big Fish.

Aladdin is one of many in Disney’s current remaking binge, following the likes of Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and a reworking of Mulan, which has had many petitions circling the internet in the hopes that the cast will not be ‘whitewashed’.

The next in the line-up is Beauty in the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, due for release in March 2017. Watch the trailer below.


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