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Disney ‘Certainly Talking’ About an Aladdin Sequel

Disney ‘Certainly Talking’ About an Aladdin Sequel

Of course, Disney has yet to officially greenlight an Aladdin sequel, but it's not outside the realm of possibility.

Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, Men in Black) stars as the Genie in the new film alongside Mena Massoud (Amazon's Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan's daughter. If nothing else, the new restrictions of the Aladdin remake might force the writers, producers, and directors to think outside of the box and craft a story that isn't-like most of the Disney live-action remakes that came before it and after with The Lion King-just a pale imitation of the animated classic that came before it.

He told CBR.com: "We certainly, when we first made the movie, wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more".

"Like with Aladdin, it will not be a straight remake of any movie that's been made before", Lin says, "so we're looking at 'where's the best way to go with these characters'". Dan Lin, the producer of the Guy Ritchie-directed film, recently revealed that an Aladdin sequel is in the early stages over at Disney and that the powers that be are already mulling over ideas on how to bring back the characters for another adventure.

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There is a lot of source material to choose from. Absolutely not. Chances are, they don't even know the movie exists, as it's not something that's being targeted towards them. We're really looking at what's been done before in the past and the home video, and there's just more story to tell with the underlying materials. "So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise".

Between the two animated sequels, there's actually more than enough material to take inspiration from for a live-action follow-up. There is a complication regarding the fate of the genie in the live-action movie, which is very different to the original, but they get paid the big bucks to work out problems exactly like this one.

The live-action version of "Aladdin" will be available on digital release August 27 and on Blu-ray on September 10.