It looks like Disney are returning to one of their all-time classics for the next live action story.
Aladdin, one of Disney's best loved films of the early '90s, is to get itself a prequel in the forms of Genies, a live-action storytelling the tale of, well, the Genie.
In a similar vein to Disney's recent Sleeping Beauty 'reimagining,' Maleficent, the Genie-centric prequel will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, with Tripp Board set to produce via Vinson Films.
The original 1992 film, which lives in the hearts of all Disney fans across the world, and introduced many young kids to the unrivalled talents of the late Robin Williams, told the story of Aladdin, a penniless 'street rat' who finds a lamp that unleashes a big ol' blue Genie (Robin Williams) that grants him three wishes. Naturally, shenanigans and unforgettable music ensues, making the film an all-time classic for the ages. A film we all love to this day.
The new project looks to focus on the realm of the Genies, and how the original film's Genie becomes enslaved into the lamp. The long term plan for this film is to lead the story into a live-action Aladdin movie.
We're not sure Maleficent was big enough of a success to justify Disney looking into their retro vault to uncover some untold stories, and it's surprising that they've chosen to go down this particular route, considering that one of the most memorable aspects of Aladdin is, devastatingly, no longer with us.
Still, more Genie can only be a good thing, so let's just see what happens eh?