Right now, Disney is moving full steam ahead on multiple fronts. They have Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and their own animation studio, of course. In addition to all this, they’ve recently started the trend of remaking their animated classics as live-action films. We’ve seen Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast hit theaters with great success, and as much as film lovers may have to admit it, they’re making solid work here, which has led to the films’ huge success.
On the long list of upcoming live-action features is another animated classic: Aladdin. Like Beauty and the Beast before it, Aladdin has a lot to live up to, especially in the Genie department. But how closely will it be based on the vision of that original film? Whenever a new film is announced, that’s one of the many questions fans have, along with “is it going to be a musical?” And speaking of that…is it going to be a musical?
Speaking with Nerdist, the film’s director, Guy Ritchie, answered that very question.
“I think it’d be tough not to make it a musical. It’s too early, because I’ve really just immersed myself into that project. So I’m still looking for cast members, we still haven’t found exactly which direction we’re going in. I’m confident at some stage it will reveal itself to me. But right now it’s just a bit too premature.”
Of course, as Ritchie stated, it’s too early to take his line about it being difficult NOT to make a musical as gospel. Film projects are malleable and ever-evolving things, and until they’ve spent some time with the material, we won’t be able to truly tell what direction they’re heading in.
Personally, I’m a bit torn on this whole thing. I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to remake a film, you should inject something new into it. I felt the same about Beauty and the Beast as well…until I saw the film. I loved it a whole lot despite the fact that they were very much in keeping with that original movie. So while my brain prefers something different, I’lll likely always be the first one to fall for a legit retread in style. That being said, you don’t go to Guy Ritchie if you want a typical retread, so we’ll see what direction this ultimately heads in.
What do you think of Ritchie’s statement? Do you want Aladdin to stay a musical? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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