Aladdin is one of the most beloved films that came out during what is known as the “Disney Renaissance”. This era in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ history was a special time, in which the animators experienced a resurgence in their creativity, releasing films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan just to name a few.
Now that Disney is currently on a hot streak adapting some of their classic animated films into live-action remakes for the big screen. This year, they released Bill Condon’s remake of Beauty and the Beast, which has made over $1 billion worldwide.
Upcoming live-action adaptations include Mulan, The Lion King and of course, Aladdin. Guy Ritchie, director of films such as Snatch, the Sherlock Holmes films and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set to direct the remake of the 1992 classic.
Recently, Ritchie was a guest on Variety’s Playback Podcast with Kristopher Tapley. Ritchie discussed taking on the project as well as what he thinks will give the film its voice:
Decency is decency. Humanity is humanity. I think the film will dictate exactly what the tone is supposed to be and who’s supposed to be in it. You just don’t want to feel like you’re muscled into it, because you’re bullied into it. It will be what it will be, because it should be what it should be. It will have its own authentic voice, and you don’t want that voice contaminated by a PC army.
The story of Aladdin has resonated in the hearts of millions since it was released in 1992. Whether it was Aladdin himself, Jasmine and of course the Genie, the world of Agrabah and the characters that inhabit it have helped make it a classic.
Ritchie seems to have a good grasp at what made Aladdin so beloved. Hopefully, his directorial sensibilities will come into play in finding the right tone for this film.
Guy Ritchie’s upcoming film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will open in theaters on May 12, 2017. Meanwhile, Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now.