Guy Ritchie is in negotiations to direct Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The animated film “Aladdin” was released in 1992 and featured the voices of Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman and Scott Weinger. The movie followed a young man who was granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp.
“Aladdin” was the highest-grossing film of the year (grossing $217 million in the U.S. and over $504 million worldwide) and won Academy Awards for Best Score and Best Song for “A Whole New World.”
In January 2015, Disney announced “Genies,” a live-action prequel to 1992’s hit animated movie that the studio has in development. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the movie, which Tripp Vinson will produce under his Vinson Films banner.
Ritchie’s recent credits include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the “Sherlock Holmes” films. His upcoming projects include the TV series “Snatch,” on which he is the writer. He is also directing, producing and writing “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
Ritchie is represented by MRC, CAA and Anonymous Content.