Rumors of a sequel to Guy Ritchie’s billion-dollar live-action hit, Aladdin have been pretty much doing the rounds since the House of Mouse first revealed their whole new world to us, earlier this summer.
The emergence of these rumors is far from surprising, after all, Ritchie’s film has now earned well over $1 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Not to mention that the original animation sparked two sequels – The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves – as well as three seasons of an animated television series.
In short, there’s a Cave of Wonders worth of material out there for Disney to play with.
Comic Book recently spoke to Aladdin producer Dan Lin about whether Disney was in discussions about continuing Aladdin’s story, to which he responded:
“We have now,” says Lin. “We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”
Lin’s comments suggest that a shot-for-shot remake of the 1994 straight-to-VHS sequel, The Return of Jafar, is off the table (we’re feeling bittersweet about that one, to be honest), as some have predicted in recent months.
So, no concrete evidence as of yet and certainly no announcements from Disney coming any time soon – but we’ll take what we can get.
Good thing you saved that wish, kid.