‘A whole new world’ puns at the ready, people, because Disney has announced that a sequel to 2019’s Aladdin is 100% in the works.
Disney’s live action musical remake of the 1992 animated film was one of the biggest hits of 2019, raking in a spectacular $1.05 billion at the global box office. It’s early days, sure – but will Aladdin 2 be a similar success story?
With Mena Massoud expected to step back into the shoes of the eponymous street urchin once again, we’d offer up a resounding ‘yes’.
The Eygptian actor was named our Breakthrough Talent at the GQ Middle East Men of the Year 2019 awards for his performance in the Hollywood blockbuster.
Should the rest of the cast join Massoud, he’ll be in very good company indeed. Will Smith is pipped to return as the wisecracking Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Guy Richie once again gracing the director’s chair.
No deals have been confirmed just yet, though – apparently the studio held a writers’ room in the summer to generate ideas for the follow-up, and intends to firm up the final script before it locks down the cast.
This time, John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, The Kitchen) are the writers charged with the task of conjuring up the perfect plot.
While the potential storyline for Aladdin 2 remains very much under wraps, producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are said to have taken inspiration from historic Middle East folk tales One Thousand and One Nights.
While the original animated movie had two sequels – 1994’s Aladdin: The Return of Jafar and 1996’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves – according to Variety, the new take will be ‘completely original and not based on those ideas’.