2019’s live-action Aladdin went on to become one of the year’s highest-grossing films at $1.051 billion. The Will Smith-led ensemble dished out a memorable adaptation of Disney’s beloved classic. In fact, the film was so well-received by fans and critics alike that Walt Disney Pictures is looking to transition the film into a franchise. As first reported by Variety, the studio has tapped screenwriters to begin work on a potential sequel.
Following the presentation of a sequel pitch, Disney executives moved the sequel to the fast track. John Gatnis (Flight) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) have been tasked with penning a screenplay.
Additionally, Aladdin‘s original producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will be back as well. Per the initial report, offers to the film’s stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott will not come to fruition until the screenplay reaches its final form. The studio will likely hope to bring director Guy Ritchie back into the fold.
Disney fans will note that the original animated classic spawned a few sequels as well. Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar released direct-to-video in 1994. Additionally, Aladdin and the King of Thieves came out in 1996 and an animated TV series had a short life on the Disney Channel. However, the live-action sequel will be an original story, not an adaptation of either of those projects.
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