Disney at this point is known for three things- Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars and its live action remakes. Sony has earned quite a lot with all these three projects in the best way possible. But it has not been a path that has been easy or without any blocks. Disney’s Star Wars trilogy has been famously snubbed by a lot of fans because of a lack of Lucas’ involvement and in terms of its live action adaptation their lack of originality has also rubbed the people in a wrong way.
But all that matters is that every work to come out of it has been a multi-million dollar project. And when they get it right, they really get it right and the one instances where they did do it right was in Aladdin. One of the most entertaining movies to come out of the Disney camp this year. The film went on to gross $1 billion at the global box office.
And now like every successful movie during these times it is up for a sequel. Reports suggested it for a long time but now there is official confirmation about it. The sequel is in development. John Gatis (Flight, Real Steel) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, The Kitchen) have been hired to write the script. Guy Richie’s return is unclear. But all the main stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith who played Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie respectively will be made an offer to return after the script is complete.
The film will definitely not follow the sequels of the animated film titled The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves and will have its own story like the 2019 feature.
Producer Dan Lin was always excited about the idea of sequel. The only thing that mattered was the response of the audience.
“We have now [explored the idea for a sequel],” producer Dan Lin previously told ComicBook.com. “We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”