Is a live-action Return of Jafar in the works?
At this stage, the alleged project is just being called Aladdin 2, but according to We Got This Covered, the plot closely resembles that of the cult-classic The Return of Jafar – the 1994 direct-to-video animated sequel to Aladdin (1992).
We should stress at this stage that nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney bosses, but the rumors are definitely out there – so why don’t you just ruminate, while we illuminate the possibilities…
Say what you want about live-action Disney remakes, no one can argue that they’re not making the House of Mouse Scrooge McDuck levels of riches right now. And with the recent Aladdin remake – starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud – having just crossed the $950 million mark at the global box office, is it really that surprising that Disney bosses would be keen to cash in on a sequel, as soon as possible?
According to We Got This Covered, the plot of the alleged Aladdin live-action sequel echoes that of The Return of Jafar.
In the animated sequel, the eccentric Grand Vizier-turned-evil-Genie Jafar escapes from the Cave of Wonders and returns to Agrabah, seeking revenge on the street-rat that bested him – Aladdin. The sequel hasn’t exactly gone down in history as one of Disney’s top successes, in fact, it’s generally dismissed by critics, with a 59% rating on IMDb and a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That being said, it still has a strong cult following 25 years later.
But who knows, a little live-action magic could be all that’s needed to breathe new life into this somewhat forgotten sequel (if you ask us, out of all of Disney’s animated straight-to-video sequels, The Return of Jafar is the diamond in the rough).
And, let’s not forget, Disney has confirmed that at least nine other untitled live-action remakes are to be released before the end of 2023 – could one of these films be Aladdin 2? Is another magic carpet ride just over the horizon?
We don’t know about you, but we’re saving one of our wishes for a live-action The Return of Jafar remake.
Source: We Got This Covered