Disney released the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of “Aladdin” this morning. The film will be a retelling of the original 1992 animated film, this one starring Billy Magnussen, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Nasim Pedrad, Mena Massoud, and Marwan Kenzari. The new live-action version was directed by Guy Ritchie, working off a screenplay written by John August.
The original film had an amazing opening back in 1992. The film debuted in just two theaters at first, opening against “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and the Sandra Bullock comedy “Love Potion No. 9”. Disney’s animated film made an average of $98K per theater at that time, setting up the animated-comedy for a massive expansion. “Aladdin” ended up grossing over $217M domestically for the studio and over $504M worldwide. The original was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and featured the voice talents of Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, and Gilbert Gottfried.
The new live-action version only recently wrapped production. Disney released the first poster of the film this week as a prelude to this morning’s trailer. Disney fans have a long wait before the new adaptation hits theaters, the studio will release the new “Aladdin” story on May 24, 2019. That’s not the only major Disney project slated to release that month, the next Avengers movie is expected to hit theaters around May 3rd.
Other big films scheduled to release in May 2019 include the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Detective Pikachu;” STX’s animated-comedy “Uglydolls;” Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3;” the “Minecraft” movie from Warner Bros. Pictures; the “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” from Warner Bros. Pictures; and “Rocketman” from Paramount Pictures.
May is also a placeholder for an Untitled Blumhouse Productions Project. That could be “The Conjuring 3” or the next “Annabelle” installment, but we will have to wait on a confirmation from the studio. After the success of “The Nun,” it will be interesting to see if either of those films can top the recent box-office record that has been set for the franchise.