Guy Ritchie Set to Bring 'Aladdin' to Life
Disney is really trying to crank out all these live-action adaptations quick, aren't they? At least they're picking all of the ones that make sense, save for maybe The Lion King; which I have faith in anyways because John Favreau is taking the helm.
Just days ago we learned that The Lion King and Mulan were getting live-action treatments, and now Guy Ritchie has been announced as the director on a live-action version of the Disney classic, Aladdin. This is an inspired choice in my opinion. Ritchie has always been good at portraying people who get into ridiculous situations where they have to use their wits and physical prowess to get out of. Ritchie is also good at portraying common criminals who are misunderstood and likable despite their actions, y'know, kind of like Aladdin. So I totally get where Disney is coming from with their selection.
This might be controversial, but I always had this idea lingering in my head for how they would portray a post-Robin Williams genie in a live-action Aladdin. This may just be me, but I thought it might be a great tribute to the late actor to have the genie be a CG creation with the same exact lines voiced by Robin Williams that were used in the animated version. I know this isn't going to happen because it would compromise Ritchie's own vision for how he wants the movie to be, but it's worth thinking about and it would be touching to watch if done correctly.
No release date has been provided for Aladdin yet, but be sure to check back as more news on the project will surely come in.