'Aladdin' is getting ready for another magic carpet ride.
Disney is bringing in a whole new writing team to craft a sequel to Aladdin, last year’s hit live-action adaptation of the classic animated movie starring Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith as the Genie.
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According to Variety, the project will be taken forward with writers John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel) and Andrea Berloff ('Straight Outta Compton', 'he Kitchen'). The movie is set to be a theatrical release.
It’s unknown at this time whether director Guy Ritchie will return. Producers hope to bring back stars Smith, Massoud and Scott, but offers won’t be extended to the cast until a script is ready. However, Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will be returning as producers and Ryan Halprin will serve as executive producer.
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The report also states that after spending the last six months trying to figure out in which direction the movie is headed, the producers have found their story. The original animated movie had two straight-to-video sequels, but sources say this new take is completely original and not based on those ideas.
Following the success of the movie, it was evident that audiences wanted more but also knew that they would have to find the right way. After a long wait and multiple pitch meetings with several writers later, the producers found exactly what they were looking for after meeting with Gatins and Berloff.
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Gatins and Berloff each earned Oscar nominations, so they both have major chops. Gatins earned his for writing the Denzel Washington drama Flight, while Berloff earned hers for co-writing the acclaimed N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Gatins most recently wrote Power Rangers for Lionsgate, while Berloff penned the Jamie Foxx thriller Sleepless before going on to write and direct last year’s crime movie The Kitchen starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss.
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