It looks like Disney isn't done with Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie. This week, we learned the House of Mouse has officially greenlit a sequel for the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin, which starred Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith.
According to Variety, Disney has opted to make a sequel to last year's very successful Aladdin remake. Despite a lukewarm critical reception, the film was a box office hit and raked in over $355 million domestic and over $1 billion in worldwide sales. Variety notes in their report that the sequel is still in the early phases of production but, with a story for the next movie finally figured out, it's time for things to progress.
It will also be a theatrical release first and will most likely make it's way to Disney+ after it leaves theaters, as is the case with 2019's Aladdin. We still don't know if Mena, Naomi, Will, or director Guy Ritchie will return for the film. Unfortunately, they won't be approached to return until a script is finished, so we'll just have to wait and see. And even though Disney's 1992 animated Aladdin feature scored two direct-to-video sequels, sources speaking to Variety say this live-action sequel story won't pull from those previous sequels.
This is a new turn for Disney's strategy in doing tons of live-action remakes of their most popular titles. In recent years, we've seen live-action remakes of Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, and more — and there is no sign Disney will slow down. However, this is one of the rare times a live-action remake has secured a sequel with 2016's Alice Through the Looking Glass and 2019's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil being the two other notable examples.
We'll keep you posted as the Aladdin sequel develops and maybe, just for now, this news will help you forget all about that cursed (probably) Prince Anders spinoff movie.
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