Is a live-action Return of Jafar in the works?
Disney is reportedly working on a follow-up film to Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake.
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