For some odd reason Disney+ is still moving forward on the Aladdin spin-off centered around Billy Magnussen’s Prince Anders character. The project was reported on back in late 2019, and while additional details were never revealed, Magnussen recently provided an update.
While speaking with ScreenRant, Magnussen confirmed the movie is still moving forward, and is now undergoing rewrites.
“It’s in development. We are in the stages of rewrites right now, and it’s still moving forward. Yeah, it’s really exciting … I loved making that character up, and to have the opportunity to create a world and a story with him in it has really been a treat. I love that. That’s what I really love about this industry; to play in such a way like that … To be the not-Prince-Charming Prince, you know? We always see Prince Charming, so I was like, ‘Let’s mix it up.'”
Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme (Operation Prince of Freedom) wrote the initial script and it is unclear if they are the ones working on the current rewrite. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the billion dollar-grossing Aladdin, are back in the producers seat via their banner, Rideback. Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive produce.
Details are being kept under wraps on the project, but it is said that this is not an Aladdin sequel, which is still in the works at Disney Studios, but a spin-off in the same universe. Magnussen had a hand in the project’s inception. He came to the producers with an idea for a story and was involved, along with the studio and Rideback, in meeting with potential writers.
In Disney’s 2019 Aladdin remake, the goofy Prince Anders is a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). The character served as a replacement for Prince Achmed from The original movie.