When we first met ‘Genie’ in Aladdin back in 1992, he was already in the lamp but a lot of things happened before that to get him in there. Instead of adding on to the story of Aladdin, which had several straight to DVD sequels and an animated series, Disney is going to tell you how it all started.
The new project will be a prequel, a new live-action film based on one of the most popular characters of the original classic, the Genie himself.
As of right now the project is going under the name ‘Genie,’ first reported by THR, and it will be another of Disney’s live-action series. This comedy-drama will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift with Tripp Vinson set to produce the film.
The Aladdin musical on Broadway opened to famous reviews and went on to be one of Disney’s most successful shows. That project was Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and featured music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act). The lyrics were done by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).
Recently deceased Robin Williams famously voiced the Genie back in 1992, casting for the live-action film is still up in the air at this point.
While the original animated film told the love-story of Aladdin and Jasmine, this new project will fill-in the gaps of the Genie origin story. Specifically, how our favorite blue-genie ended up in his itty-bitty living space.
This is one of several live-action films that Disney has planned to release over the next few years, the most recently added is a Prince Charmingstory focusing on the life of Prince Charming.
There is also the next live-action film set for release “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson. Disney is also working on a “Dumbo” live-action film that will be directed by Tim Burton, a live-action “Mulan” and a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland.”
More information on the new Genie project will be announced at a later date.