The Walt Disney Studios is moving forward with Aladdin 2! According to Variety, the studio has given the green light to writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff to turn their idea into a script for the sequel.
Gatins received an Oscar nomination for writing the Denzel Washington drama Flight and most recently wrote Power Rangers for Lionsgate. Berloff’s credits include The Kitchen, which she also directed, Sleepless, and Straight Outta Compton, which earned her an Oscar nomination.
Variety says that Aladdin 2 is in early development. The studio has spent the last six months figuring out what direction to take the sequel, and the producers have now figured out a way.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the first film, are back producing through their Rideback, while Ryan Halprin is executive producing.
While it’s not confirmed, it is expected that director Guy Ritchie will return, and the producers are hoping to bring back Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Offers won’t be given out until the script is complete.
The trade adds that, while the original animated movie had two straight-to-video sequels, the script for Aladdin 2 will be completely original and not based on those ideas.
Producer Dan Lin was previously asked about a sequel. “We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more,” he said. “And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family.”
He added: “And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”
Aladdin (buy at Amazon) opened in theaters on May 24, 2019 and grossed an impressive $1.050 billion at the worldwide box office, with $355.6 million coming from North America and $695.1 million from overseas markets. The film had a production budget of $183 million (not counting marketing expenses).
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, the film is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the first live-action Aladdin movie was written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s animated classic.
The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Alan Tudyk as the parrot Iago; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.
It’s also been previously reported that an Aladdin spinoff might be in the works as well. Disney hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script for a spinoff centered on Prince Anders, the scene-stealing character played by Billy Magnussen.
Magnussen would reprise the part in a feature film, which would go to the Disney+ streaming service. Prince Anders is a suitor and potential husband for Jasmine from the kingdom of Skånland.