Following the massive US$1 billion dollar success of Aladdin, Disney has decided to produce a sequel to the film. Not just that, it seems we will definitely be exploring a whole new world with it as the studio has hired two writers to help pen a story that is original and not based on any of Aladdin’s animated sequels.
2019’s Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E) and starred Mena Massoud as the titular Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie.
Last August, Aladdin producer Dan Lin mentioned a sequel was something that Disney was considering but we had yet to receive a confirmation that a follow-up was coming, till now.
However, due to the live-action Aladdin film giving the three main characters whole new endings, it will be difficult for the studio to adapt a sequel based on the two direct-to-home video sequels the animated Aladdin received. Hence, the decision to come up with a story that is wholly original and unique to the live-action version.
According to Variety, John Gatins (Flight) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) were hired by Disney to pen the script for Aladdin 2. After half a year of figuring out where to take the sequel, the pair seemed to have pitched an original story that the producers liked and were willing to go forward with.
The film’s producers also hope to bring back Massoud, Scott, and Smith for the sequel, though no offer will be made till a script is confirmed.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Guy Ritchie will be returning to the director’s chair.
Despite the film’s mixed reviews, Aladdin was still exceeded everyone’s expectations at the box office with an earning of US$1.05 billion, making it the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2019, and it is also currently the 34th highest-grossing movie ever made.
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