Back in April, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book remake proved to Disney that with the proper care given, live-action remakes of older properties can work. The film performed fantastically both critically (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) and financially ($966 million worldwide per Box Office Mojo). With multiple remakes now in the works, we have a name to attach to one of them. It’s been announced that Guy Ritchie will be at the helm of the upcoming Aladdin remake.
Ritchie is probably most well known for Snatch back in 2000, but he’s had some recent successes as well. He directed the two Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies, which were fairly enjoyable, as well as last year’s delightful The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Given his gift for capturing a lot of highly kinetic action, Ritchie could potentially be the perfect fit to capture the hectic pace and action of Aladdin.
Now that the film has a director, speculation will follow about casting. Possibly the biggest shoes to fill will be the roll of Genie, famously and splendidly played by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film. We will continue to speculate and dream-cast the movie on our heads, as we’re sure our readers will as well.