Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Enlists Guy Ritchie to Direct


Indeed, Disney are reportedly in talks with Ritchie to have him assume the director's chair for this reimagined rendition of their dual-Oscar-winning 1992 masterpiece.

Disney has pegged Guy Ritchie to direct its upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.

"The Jungle Book" notched $966.2 million worldwide at the box office earlier this year, and a number of other similar projects are in the works, including "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", "Mulan" and a sequel to the 2014 hit, "Maleficent".

Best known for his kinetic visual style, Ritchie might not exactly be the first name to come to mind when you think Disney, but his last few movies have shown Ritchie working his unique style into period films where it might not be expected.

"As I get more and more involved in the child's world with Rocco, I'm getting interested in making a film for children", he said in 2010.

Now, on Monday, another very popular animated film is being prepped for a live-action adaptation.

Robin Williams voiced the Genie in Disney's 1992 animated hit Aladdin.

The original movie retold the folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp and the evil sorcerer who tries to steal it away.

Guy Ritchie attends the premiere of Sherlock Holmes' A Game Of Shadows in 2011.

Big Fish writer John August has written the script, which is said to include numerous musical elements from the original, but is non-linear in its structure - much like Ritchie's two earliest successes, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.