Guy Ritchie to direct 'Aladdin' remake for Disney

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After the success of ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Cinderella’, Disney lines up another live-action remake


Guy Ritchie is being lined up to direct Disney’s latest live-action remake: a new version of Aladdin.

TheWrap reports that the Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels director is currently “in negotiations” with the Mouse House to take on the live-action reimagining, which is being produced by his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Dan Lin.

Disney’s original animated version of Aladdin featuring the voice of the late Robin Williams hit cinema screens in 1992 and became the highest-grossing film of the year. A pair of straight-to-video sequels followed, but Williams reportedly stated in his will that his out-takes from the original film could never be used to make another sequel.

The new Aladdin movie is the latest in Disney’s successful series of live-action remakes based on its canon of classic animated films.

Announcing that The Jungle Book‘s director Jon Favreau has now been hired to work on a live-action version of The Lion King, the Mouse House said in a statement last month: “The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book.”

“The upcoming Beauty And The Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017,” the Mouse House added.

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