Reports have surfaced with rumors of a sequel to Disney’s billion-dollar hit Aladdin is in the works. The studios is also in development on a spin-off film centered on Billy Magnussen’s Prince Anders being made for Disney+. Now, Variety is officially reporting a sequel is on the way.
According to the trade, John Gatins (2017’s Power Rangers) and Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff have been tapped by the studio to pen the script. The studio reportedly spent the last six months trying to figure out where to take the sequel narratively, and now producers have found their direction after hearing a pitch from Gatins and Berloff.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Erich who produced the original film, and are producing the live-action Lilo & Stitch and Inspector Gadget remakes are set to return with their Rideback production banner. As of now, it is unknown if Guy Ritchie will return to direct.
The studio is hoping to bring back stars Mena Massou, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith, but offers will not go out until the script is complete and ready to go out. The film is also being planned as a theatrical release and not for Disney+ like the aforementioned spin-off. The film isn’t expected to take inspirations from Return of Jafar or King of Thieves, Disney’s straight-to-VHS sequels released in the ’90s.
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Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s animated classic “Aladdin.”
Aladdin stars Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, Will Smith (Bad Boys) as the iconic Genie, Marwan Kenzari (The Mummy 2017) as the villainous Jafar, Numan Acar (Prison Break) as Head of the guards Akim, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad (SNL) as Dalia, Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods) as Prince Anders, and Alan Tudyk (Ralph Breaks The Internet) as the voice of Iago.