After the huge success of this March’s Cinderella, last year’s Maleficent, and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney plans to adapt more of its animated classics into live-action adventures for a new generation. Their latest target is Aladdin.
The film will be titled Genie, and will FINALLY let us know all about the world of the Genies and how the one pop-culture referencing fast-talking Genie we all know and love became enslaved in a lamp.
The comedy adventure will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who have written Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot. They’re currently writing Peter Dinklage comedy O’ Lucky Day set for 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter says the film is in the early stages and the studio hopes a live-action Aladdin movie can follow.
Disney has many more live-action adaptions in the works including The Jungle Book (4/15/16), Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27/16), and Beauty and the Beast (3/17/17) as well as adaptions of Dumbo, Mulan, A Night on Bald Mountain (based on the segment from Fantasia), Pinocchio, Prince Charming, Tink, and Winnie the Pooh with undisclosed dates.