Guy Ritchie looks to add Disney to his list of studios he’s worked with as he’s in talks to direct the live-action version of Aladdin.
The director of both Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law is currently in talks to direct Disney’s live-action Aladdin. The animated version of the film was released in 1992, with the Genie voiced by late actor-comedian Robin Williams.
While Guy Ritchie is from England, here’s hoping that they seek out middle eastern actors to portray the characters, as Disney plans on doing for the live-action version of Mulan.
It will be interesting to see what Guy’s vision of Aladdin will be. He’s not one to create stories in a traditional format of what’s been done before. If you’re familiar with his movies, you may know what I’m talking about. For instance, the more physical elements of Ritchie’s Holmes skews from what Sherlock Holmes is traditionally seen as – a man more of words than of action – at least in the combative sense.
As a matter of fact, Ritchie’s films tend to be more violent in general, so it’ll definitely be interesting to say the least how he’ll approach the filming of Aladdin, which was scripted by John August (Big Fish).
Aside from Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Ritchie also directed Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, RocknRolla, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Snatch.