Disney asks “Do you trust me?” Live action Aladdin in the works.

Remember the renaissance Disney had in the 1990’s? The Little Mermaid gave us our fish out of water story. Beauty and the Beast taught us to look deeper beyond just appearances.  Lion King spoke about how we can’t run away from our fears, instead to face them and take our rightful position. Aladdin taught us not to judge someone just because of their position in life.

If you had your own magical lamp, and one of your three wishes was to remake all these classic Disney cartoons into live action movies. Congratulations! you don’t need a magical Genie, cause your wish has come true.

We already know that on March 17th, in only one week, we will be getting our live action version of Beauty and the Beast. It has already been announced that we will also be getting live action versions of Lion King, (at least as live action as you can get with special effects to make talking animals in the African Wilds), and Little Mermaid is trying to be made.

On Twitter it was revealed that there is a casting call for a live action Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. The casting call was for the part’s of Aladdin and Jasmine.

Can I call you Al or Din or how bout Laddie?

The best part about this casting news is that it is specified that these characters are Middle Eastern. Leading us to believe that they are looking to cast actors of Middle Eastern decent to play Aladdin and Jasmine. This comes after confirmation from Disney  they would use all Chinese actors for the live action Mulan. I applaud Disney for this, though they are a big part of the Hollywood Machine, they are embracing that these characters are of other ethnic descent. I hope they take this further with the rest of the cast. For those that are aware of Bollywood actors I would love to see Shah Rukh Khan playing Jafar.

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Lock, Stock, and Three Smoking Wishes a.k.a. Snatch, The Lamp.

Image result for guy ritchieThe casting call also shows that Guy Ritchie is attached to direct. I myself am a big fan of most of Guy Ritchie’s work. I enjoy all of his original movies as well as his adapted takes on Sherlock, I haven’t yet seen his adaption of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Though his future project of King Arthur has gotten mixed reviews after the most recent trailer – I was pleased by the trailer and am looking forward to it. I have been very pleased with the choices that Disney has been making thus far on who to direct these live action adaptions. Guy Ritchie does well with the slight undertone of comedy in his films and this should translate well to Aladdin. On the forefront of musicals and such a grandiose scene as the introduction of Prince Ali on the streets of Agrabah, having never seen him taking on such things is entirely a guessing game at this point. All I’m asking is that we get some type of Easter egg thrown to Guy’s earlier work in the way of an impersonation from Genie.

You Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Me

Image result for robin williams genieOf course the worst part of all this is that whoever is voicing, or motion capturing as I assume will happen, the Genie will not be the man who truly is the Genie himself. Due to the late great Robin Williams untimely death, someone else will have to take on that mantle. Robin had a clause in his will barring the exploitation of his image for 25 years after death. Not to mention the inability to use any of his outtakes from the Aladdin recordings. This I feel is a lose lose situation as I don’t believe anybody can hold a candle to the voice that Robin gave the Genie. My thinking is that someone along the lines of Bill Hader, who does many an impression himself, could get cast in this role.

You get a live action remake, and you get a live action remake, and you get a live action remake.

It has become apparent that if Disney had a cartoon that was successful, (and honestly Disney hasn’t had many that weren’t – though I myself love the movie – I’m looking at you Black Cauldron) the cartoon will get made into a live feature. Yet again feeding into the idea that there are no original ideas in Hollywood. On this who can really blame Disney? I remember as a child growing up one of the older Disney cartoons would get a re-release into theaters and my mother would take me to see it to share in the nostalgia. This idea of remaking everything into live action films is the exact same effect in a different way. Many of us will go see the films because of the nostalgia we feel for the original cartoons, while many others will see it to take their children. Creating a bond on characters that were beloved to them when they themselves saw the cartoons as children.

With that being said, lets see what Live action remakes – besides Aladdin – are in the pipeline:

Image result for beauty and the beast 2017Beauty and the Beast (March 17, 2017) Image result for mulanMulan (November 2, 2018)Image result for Lion KingLion King (Date TBA)Image result for little mermaidThe Little Mermaid ( TBD)Image result for peter panPeter Pan (Date TBD)Image result for sword in the stoneThe Sword in the Stone (TBD)Image result for pinocchioPinocchio (TBD)Image result for dumboDumbo (TBD)Image result for snow white and the seven dwarfsSnow White and the Seven Dwarves (TBD)

We got a lot of live action remakes coming. I’m sure we will be getting more news on this front when D23 Expo, Disney’s semi-annual convention, rolls around. This will take place in Anaheim, California on July 14 – 16, 2017.

Mest5150 – Contributor.

7 thoughts on “Disney asks “Do you trust me?” Live action Aladdin in the works.

  • Jack Malice
    March 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I liked NudieRudie comment when I told him about this article. “Lock, Stock, and two smoking Scimitars?!.”

  • March 11, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Here is the deal. Disney is doing this for multiple reasons. Obviously, it is to make money first and foremost. If it did not make money, they would not do it. But another one is actually copyright laws. If you are not using the copyright, then you can loose the rights and it becomes public domain. Think about all of that music and animation becoming public domain. Moreover, if they did not make a movie that is similar to their story, someone else could. Now, they can block people from making and destroying the image of their own movies.

    It is the same reason why you find play adaptations of many of their more famous musicals. Because people were ripping off Disney by doing their own backyard adaptations in the 80s and 90s. Then they started suing everyone and realized that it was a PR nightmare and so they made their own scripts and got paid to do so. Disney is super smart.

    Have you ever wondered why Mickey Mouse has not become a part of public domain even though his copywrite should have been gone for a long time? It is because they have really good copyright lawyers and lobbyists to figure this out.

  • March 16, 2017 at 6:43 am

    On the one hand, I want to be fair and say “Well, they did do both Star Wars and Moana in recent years. And those were all good, intricate movies.” On the other hand, I want to say “Bah! Humbug!’

  • March 27, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I really can’t wait to see all these movie they are going to come out, if they are as good as Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast I will be one happy girl. Will suck that Robin Williams is not here to repeat a roll as the gene for Aladdin. So that is some pretty big shoes to fill for that roll.

    • March 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Being that these are very dear properties to the fans I’m sure Disney is going to do their best to make a quality project.

      • March 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

        Did you say quality project or quality profit? This is Disney we are talking about.


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