Aladdin’s Genie to get his own live-action film

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Disney have added yet another title to their ever growing list of live-action reboots.

Getting the revamp this time is 1992’s Aladdin – which is said to be getting the Maleficent treatment with a prequel which tells the story of the Genie of the lamp, before he met Aladdin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Damien Shannon and Mark Swift are in the early stages of writing a script, which will explore how the Genie got into the magic lamp in the first place. If the film is a success, it will most likely prelude to a direct live-action remake of the Aladdin story.

The role of the Genie has been played numerous times on stage and screen, but the most iconic performance of the character was that of Robin Williams’ in the 1992 animation. At the time of his death in 2014, his portrayal of the comedic and overly-emotional Genie was fondly remembered as one of his most outstanding roles. 

This is the latest live-action film to be announced from the House of Mouse, after last week’s announcement that Prince Charming will be getting his own film.  Other live-action remakes set to be released include Mulan, Cruella, Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Pete’s Dragon, Tink and 2016’s release of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.

Check out our opinion article on the volume of Disney live-action remakes, here.

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