Disney’s Aladdin will be back for another magical adventure — but don’t expect to see the return of Jafar for this one!
Though announcements of live-action adaptations of Disney’s most popular animated films have sometimes been met with skepticism or outright cyncism from critics and some fans, there’s no denying that commercially, the mega studio has churned out one hit after another.
This newest wave of live-action Disney adaptations began with with Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent in 2014, which grossed over $700 million worldwide on a budget of $200 million, and Cinderella, which grossed over $500 million on a $100 million budget.
Though those were considered somewhat moderate successes with relation to their stars or IP, Disney forged ahead, churning out two box office successes in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in 2016, which made nearly a billion dollars at the worldwide box office against a budget of $177 million, and the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast, which crossed the billion dollar threshold at the worldwide box office in 2017.
The 2019 release of Aladdin became the next Disney live-action adaptation to cross the billion dollar worldwide box office mark, as the Guy Ritchie directed project raked in $1.05 billion at the box office against a budget of $181 million.
And though most of Disney’s animated features spawned a direct-to-video sequel or two, their recent live-action direct adaptations have remained in the realm of being one and done.
However Aladdin will break that trend, as Variety reports that there is an Aladdin sequel film in the works.
According to those sources, the film is already in early development, with producers having spent the last six months trying to figure out which direction they would like to take for an Aladdin follow-up and only recently finding their way.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the original, will return to produce, with Ryan Halprin executive producing. It is unknown at this time whether Guy Ritchie will return to direct this follow-up feature, though it’s being reported that producers do hope to bring back the stars of the first film — Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as titular Aladdin, and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. However, no offers will be made to the cast until a script is ready.
Aladdin won’t be a Disney+ title but will be a theatrical release. And though the animated Aladdin spawned two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin: King of Thieves, this new live-action sequel will be a completely original take that won’t be based on either of those films.