While Walt Dinsey's fairytales have achieved great success the world over, the live-action remakes of animated classics have not soared to similar heights. Although there have been really good remakes like 'Cinderella' and 'The Jungle Book', there is yet to be one that has really set the world alight. Disney will be hoping that their 'Aladdin' remark, coupled with much-anticipated ones like 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Lion King', will be the big break they need.
'Aladdin' (1992) became the fourteenth (and the first animated movie) to gross more than 200 million dollars
After furious backlash from the Disney community not too long ago for 'whitewashing' movies such as 'Prince of Persia', Disney are careful not to repeat the same mistake twice. Their casting call stipulates that the lead role actors need to be of Middle-Eastern ethnicity and between 18-25 years-old.
They have also listed singing and dancing as additional requirements for the lead roles. Apparently, they are looking for more than just good looks this time round. If you fit the bill, then no more wasting your talent singing away in the shower while you could do it on the big screen. Anyone can apply.
Recently, Disney had a similar casting call for the leads in the live-action 'Mulan' remake, asking that those who audition speak 'fluent English and Mandarin Chinese'. The casting for 'Aladdin' notice was posted on Twitter earlier on March
If the big names already on board are anything to go by, then the Live-action 'Aladdin' remake certainly promises to be a big hit. Award winning director Guy Ritchie (well known for films like 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'The man from U.N.C.L.E') is going to be in charge of what he does best. John August will be handling the screenplay while Dan Lin, producer of the awesome 'LEGO Batman movie', will be tasked with production. Do I really need to say anymore?
Guy Ritchie is known for his crime films, Snatch (2000), RocknRolla (2008) and Sherlock Holmes are some of his most know movies
Dan Lin is a self-proclaimed believer in diversity and has said that the rest of the casting crew share his vision for the movie. Therefore, there will be a few tweaks here and there (new songs, characters, and lyrics changes) that might not go down too well with the 90's kids, however, they will retain a few important aspects of the 1992 film to leave at least a little bit of our childhood intact.
The part of the 'Aladdin's' witty pet genie is going to be key in making the remake a success as no else has ever really quite managed to fill the big shoes left by Robbin Williams. A number of high-profile names have been linked with the role but Disney is still tight-lipped on the matter. Ever wondered how Genie wound up in the lamp in the first place? Walt Disney is also said to be working on a new film called 'Genies' that will tell us his story.
The 1992 animated fantasy film 'Aladdin' was the 31st Disney animated feature film, and was part of the Disney film era known as the Disney Renaissance. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, and is based on the Arab-style folktale 'Aladdin and the Magic Lamp' from 'One Thousand and One Nights'
The 'Aladdin' remake was initially to be filmed at the capital of Iraq, however, the location was changed. It is now set for a 6-month shooting period as from July 2017 in the U.K with rehearsals said to begin in April. Although no official release date is on record yet the movie is expected to be out before the spring of 2019.
The live-action remake of 'Aladdin' promises to be a really good watch, so before you begin writing it off because of some previous live-action failed remakes; take the time to watch it when it does come out. For now, however, all we can do is wait and count down the days. Feels like the night before Christmas all over again as a little kid when you couldn't sleep because all you thought about were the gifts under the tree.