Disney is developing a sequel to the live-action remake of its 1992 animated film Aladdin, determined to squeeze every ounce of joy until it becomes a shriveled husk lost in the desert sands. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio already hired screenwriters Andrea Berloff (Blood Father, Straight Outta Compton, The Kitchen) and John Gatins (Flight, Power Rangers, Real Steel). Also, Guy Ritchie who directed the first film will helm the sequel as well.
Produced during the so-called Disney Renaissance, Aladdin came out in 1992. Loosely based on the Arabic folktale from the One Thousand and One Nights, this animated musical film was a box office success, earning over half a billion dollars on a $28 million budget. It features quite possibly the most impressive performance of the legendary comedian Robin Williams who voiced the Genie. In 2019, Disney filmed a live-action sequel featuring Mena Massoud (TV series Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, Naomi Scott (2017 Power Rangers movie) as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith (Will Smith!) as the Genie. Produced for $183 million, Aladdin remake went on to earn over one billion dollars worldwide, becoming one of the most successful movies of the year.