According to a report by ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis, Guy Ritchie has been chosen to direct the live-action version of Aladdin.
This announcement comes shortly after John Favreau was named director of The Lion King live-action remake. Disney seems to be doubling down on live-action versions of their classics with Beauty and the Beast‘s release coming in 2017, and The Little Mermaid getting the live-action treatment, as well.
It’s with good reason they’re getting these remakes too.
Now, if the The Jungle Book is any indication, the story from the original film will stay largely the same. Aladdin has been loved by millions ever since its release in 1992, where it was recorded as the highest grossing film of the year.
Ritchie will be joined by writer John August. August has experience with reboots, as he was a writer for the reboot version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
There is no release date for Ritchie’s Aladdin movie yet.