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Aladdin: Guy Ritchie to direct live-action Disney film

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Aladdin is about to enter a whole new world: Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct a live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated classic being produced by The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin with a script by Big Fish scribe John August, EW has confirmed.

This is the latest addition to a long list of Disney animated movies getting live-action remakes and spinoffsBeauty and the Beaststarring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, arrives in 2017, and the studio is currently at work on Cruella, Tink, The Lion King, and Mulan. It was also revealed last year that Disney is developing a live-action prequel to Aladdin titled Genies

The original Aladdin, which notably featured Robin Williams as the genie, grossed $217.4 million domestically and $504.1 million worldwide, making it that year’s top-grossing film. 

Ritchie is most known for directing 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and its follow-up, 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. More recently, he helmed 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and is currently working on the upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. His Aladdin doesn’t have an expected release date yet.

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