Disney Is Developing A Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Prequel

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Get ready to visit a “whole new world” once again.

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Walt Disney Pictures is working on revisiting the story of Aladdin, Jasmine, evil Jafar and most importantly, Genie.

If you’ve ever wondered how Genie got in that lamp in the first place, writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are ready to answer that question and more in the live-action comedy adventure Genies, a prequel to the Disney classic Aladdin. 

Based on an ancient Arabian Nights folktale, viewers first met “street rat” Aladdin, his monkey sidekick Abu and their newly discovered ally, Genie, in the 1992 animated film. By accidentally rubbing the lamp in which Genie was trapped for hundreds of years, Genie granted Aladdin the standard magic protocol of three wishes. The film was a box office smash and went on to win four Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song for “A Whole New World.”

This continuation of the classic tale means a whole new generation of kids will be reintroduced to the world of flying carpets, talking parrots and mystical Arabian Nights.

The film is still in its earliest stages but production is in good hands. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift’s writing credits include both horror films like Freddy vs. Jason (2003)the 2009 Friday the 13th remake, and comedies like the Baywatch project, which is in development.

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