While many fans were skeptical when Guy Ritchie was announced to direct the live action remake of Aladdin, Disney wishes to set you at ease. Disney’s Sean Bailey explained to Vulture why Ritchie was the perfect director for the film.
Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.
While Ritchie wasn’t known for bringing Disney magic, his prior desire to work with Disney inspires confidence. Alongside Bailey’s warm words, it seems like we should have no fear that Ritchie’s Aladdin will live up to the animation.
Beauty and the Beast is the latest of Disney’s live action remakes and is now in theaters.