Because somewhere in the development department at Disney a non-disclosed executive must have stood up and declared “PEOPLE ENJOY THINGS THEY REMEMBER,” the company is heading back to familiar territory once again.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that that House of Mouse is now working on a live action prequel to Aladdin that will focus entirely on the character of Genie.
This to go along with Disney’s planned live action reboots of Mulan, Beauty & The Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Pinnochio, Dumbo, and The BFG. You know what say, if the well runs dry just dig deeper.
The project – entitled Genies – is set to focus on the genie from the 1992 animated film (originally voiced by the late Robin Williams) and his role in the realm of Genies, tracing events that eventually lead to him being enslaved and captured in the lamp that winds up in the Cave of Wonders.
Though things are obviously in the very early stages of development, the long term plan at this point seems to be to steer things towards an actual live action version of Aladdin itself being put together.
The studio has tapped Mark Swift and Damian Shannon to write the script – a writing duo who first cut their teeth in the horror genre, penning Freddy vs Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th, before they moved into comedy.
Disney. We ain’t never had a friend like they.