English filmmaker Guy Ritchie is in talks with Disney to direct the live-action adaptation of Walt Disney Pictures’ 1992 animated musical fantasy film Aladdin, according to THR.
Ritchie is known for his crime films: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); Snatch (2000); Revolver (2005) and RocknRolla (2008).
He also directed romantic comedy Swept Away (2002) and then switched up to action mystery genre with Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
Guy Ritchie continues to helm different genre with his latest Warner Bros. Pictures’ action comedy The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and his upcoming epic adventure drama, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).
Now moving on to Aladdin live action, John August is writing the script that will reportedly retain the musical elements of the original film.
Dan Lin will producer via his Lin Pictures banner with Jonathan Eirich serving as executive producer.
Disney’s aim is to make “an ambitious and non-traditional take on Aladdin.”
The studio also intends to make a non-linear narrative, which is part of Ritchie’s style.
Based on the Middle-Eastern folktale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the 1992 animated film was co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
The film featured Robin Williams as genie, along with Scott Weinger as Aladdin, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Linda Larkin as Princess Jasmine, Frank Welker as Aladdin’s monkey pal Abu, Douglas Seale as The Sultan, and Gilbert Gottfried as Iago.
Aladdin released on November 25, 1992, it was the most successful film of 1992, earning over $217 million in revenue in the United States, and over $504 million worldwide.
The film also won many awards, most of them for its soundtrack. It is considered by many as the best film that came out during the Disney Renaissance.
Aladdin‘s success led to other material inspired by the film, including two direct-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, an animated television series of the same name, toys, video games, spin-offs, including a live-action remake about the genie titled Genies, Disney merchandise, and a Broadway adaptation that debuted in 2014.