The 2019 live-action Aladdin (you know, the one with blue Will Smith) is getting a sequel! Some may be a little more excited by this news than others because well, you either loved it or you hated it, but either way it’s still new Disney and that’s something to celebrate in itself.
Writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff will pen the screenplay, but they won’t be taking inspo from either of the OG Aladdin’s two direct-to-video sequels, Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
Aside from saying the new sequel will not be based on the old movies, Variety’s report doesn’t give us any detail on what plot it might follow. What we do know is that if the new live-action movie has a similar budget to the first, we have high hopes for its quality - the 2019 remake cost $183 million to make. It’ll be released in the theatre instead of as a Disney Plus title so that’s a good sign too.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the original, are back producing, with Ryan Halprin executive producing.
It’s unknown whether director Guy Ritchie will return, but producers hope to bring back stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott - offers won’t be extended to the cast until a script is ready though.