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Sequel To 'Aladdin' In The Works At Disney

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By Kasey Williams

Following closely on the success of Guy Ritchie's 2019 live-action Aladdin, Disney has announced that it will move forward with plans to make a sequel -- with Ritchie returning to direct.

After grossing just over $1 billion at the global box office, it was only a matter of time before Disney felt the urge to greenlight a sequel. particularly given their lack of Marvel-based moneymakers on the horizon.

The sequel also brings back producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Ehrich, who produced last year's smash hit.

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That film starred Mena Massoud as the titular Aladdin and Will Smith as the charismatic Genie from the lamp.

Since the first one followed closely to the animated original, the sequel will be an entirely original screenplay penned by John Gatins and Andrea Berloff. Gatins wrote the Robert Zemeckis/Denzel Washington drama Flight and most recently worked on the 2018 feature film adaptation of Power Rangers, while Berloff co-wrote the 2015 hit Straight Outta Compton. She recently made her directorial debut with last year's The Kitchen.

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Since adapting their animated classics into live-action fantasies, Disney has enjoyed some pleasant success. The first remake, 2010's Alice In Wonderland, made just over $1 billion at the global box office, a sure-fire hit.

In the decade since, Disney has gone on to make several adaptations to gross over $1 billion, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and last year's Aladdin, while 2016's live-action The Jungle Book came close, grossing a total of $966 million at the global box office.

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Smith, Massoud and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their roles as Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine, respectively.

According to THR, while the film is still early in development and a synopsis has not been determined, rumors are that the sequel could take inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folktales that contain characters like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, as well as The Seven Voyages of Sinbad.

The film will apparently not feature anything from Disney's animated, direct-to-video sequel The Return of Jafar.

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Disney is also working diligently on live-action remakes of some of their other originals, including Bambi, Pinocchio, and Little Mermaid.

While Disney's Marvel franchise appears to be shifting its focus to their franchise potential on Disney+, they must look to other resources for continuing their box office dominance, which has seen them become the ultimate box office earner year after year, culminating in a record-breaking year last year.

Disney surpassed its 2016 record of $7.61 billion at the global box office as early as July last year.

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