Disney Developing Live-Action Aladdin Prequel


At least this time, it isn’t a flat out live-action copy of an existing animated classic. There’s actually a bit of originality involved this time around.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing a live-action prequel to the 1992 Arabian animated hit, Aladdin. Tentatively titled Genies, the new adventure will explore the world of genies and give a backstory to the character voiced by Robin Williams in the original. Exactly how he became trapped in the magic lamp.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift have been given the task to write the screenplay. Reportedly, this project will eventually lead up to live-action adaptation of Aladdin. No shock there.

This news comes on the string of numerous previously announced live-action remakes of Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Winnie The Pooh and Pinocchio. Not to mention the already released Maleficent and Cinderella.

What are your thoughts on a prequel? Excited that at least it’ll be somewhat of an original concept? Weigh in below.