Disney Is Developing a Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Prequel Titled ‘Genies’

Okay, I’m beginning to think Disney’s live-action spinoff film universe is going just a wee bit too far.

In the company’s latest plan to place your childhood in a new context, Disney has announced they will be developing Genies, a live-action prequel to the beloved 1992 animated musical Aladdin. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will center on how the Genie became enslaved and trapped in the magic lamp later found by Aladdin. Mark Swift and Damian Shannon (the team behind the 2009 Friday the 13th remake and the animated Shark Tale) are on board to write the script, while Tripp Vinson (executive producer of San Andreas) will produce.

Disney Is Developing a Live-Action 'Aladdin' Prequel Titled 'Genies'

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Honestly, the notion of anyone else but Robin Williams playing the Genie seems entirely antithetical, considering how closely identifiable he is with the character. And while others have done a fine job playing that role in his stead over the years, including The Simpsons‘ own Dan Castellaneta, witnessing an origin story for such an iconic character without the benefit of having the original actor present seems…kind of wrong. Particularly with the memory of Robin Williams’s death still relatively fresh. But I would imagine this won’t come out for years, still, by which point audiences will have warmed to the idea. At the very least, I would think Disney has had this planned for some time, and are only just getting around to announcing it now, considering this is only one part of a larger plan for the studio.

While this prequel is in the early stages of development, Disney is reportedly looking to segue this prequel into a live-action remake of Aladdin, presumably incorporating elements from the Broadway production, which itself was based on the 1992 animated film, making this a little like a snake eating its own tail. Very, very slowly. And this is without even getting into the other live-action projects on tap, like the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, the live-action Prince Charming spinoff, and the two movies that kicked this whole universe off, Maleficent and Cinderella. Of course, if people didn’t want these movies, they’d fail at the box office. But the opposite is happening, in fact, as these movies are doing insane business.

So I guess I can’t blame Disney for their business practices, even while I wish they’d leave well enough alone.

But what do you think of the live-action Aladdin prequel? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on live-action Disney movies, check out our report on the upcoming Prince Charming spinoff!

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