If you’ve grown weary of Disney’s ongoing series of live-action remakes, it might be time to avert your eyes. Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct “Aladdin,” which would follow on the heels of “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” not to mention the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Mulan” and “The Lion King.”
Ritchie is best known for his early films “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” which eventually led to the high-profile “Sherlock Holmes” series starring Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role. He recently wrapped production on “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” with Charlie Hunnam as the legendary British monarch of yore.
John August, who wrote “Big Fish” for Tim Burton, is on screenplay duty for “Aladdin,” while Dan Lin of “The Lego Movie” is producing. No word yet on who might play Aladdin himself, though Deadline reports that the hope is to start a new franchise.