Right okay, let’s see what we’ve got so far. We’ve already had remakes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty [Maleficent] and Alice In Wonderland. Coming up we remakes of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast. And in the works are remakes of Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, Mulan, Dumbo. and a Prince Charming spin-off film. Disney have well and truly ran out of ideas and are trawling through their library of animated movies for inspiration for new movies. And now we are going to have….well, not an actual remake, though that may come later.
The Hollywood Reporter informs us that a prequel to Aladdin, their 1992 animated hit based on the Arabian Nights story in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave, is in the works. At the moment the title is Genies and it will tell the story of how the genie in the tale ends up inside the lamp, after which a straight live-action re-telling of the story we all know may follow. There’s no doubt that CGI could do this justice, but I’m not sure if it isn’t still too soon to announce a project which will feature somebody in the role made so iconic by Robin Williams. His hilarious, often improvised genie, along with the astounding imagination of the Disney animators, is really the highlight of the 1992 film and without a doubt one of Disney’s iconic characters. The first time you watch the film, you really don’t have a clue what he’s going to do next. I can’ t imagine anybody doing it better.
Nonetheless, they seem to be pressing ahead with this idea. The script is being written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift [Freddy vs. Jason, the Friday the 13th remake, Baywatch movie] which hardly gets me excited. The producer is Tripp Vinson whose credits include exececutive producing San Andreas and producing Journey 2: the Mysterious Island. He’s also developing Bob the Musical and the Prince Charming film for Disney. No news on director yet.
File this under “sigh”….