Sherlock Holmes Director to Direct Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) Mulan Live-Action Adaptation?

Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) is currently in talks with Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes film series director, to direct the live-action adaptation of Aladdin.

Ritchie is a world-renown director. Aside from Sherlock Holmes, his phenomenal works also include King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the upcoming title, The Man from UNCLE.

Live-Action Aladdin

Accordingly, the live-action adaptation of Aladdin will keep most of the musical elements of the original animated motion picture, which was released in 1992.

Jonathan Eirich has been named as the executive producer (EP) together with Dan Lin, a Sherlock Holmes producer. Meanwhile, John August, Big Fish scriptwriter, has spearheaded the scriptwriting.

“(Lin) is producing what Disney touts will be an ambitious and non-traditional take on Aladdin via his Lin Pictures banner,” remarked the exclusive report of The Hollywood Reporter.

This follows the success of Walt Disney in remaking its classics through live-action motion picture adaptations such as Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast— which is set for a release in March, and Mary Poppins Returns— which is set for a release in 2018.

The company is also currently working on the live-action motion picture adaptation of Mulan. More interestingly, Walt Disney is planning to remake The Lion King with Jon Favreau, The Jungle Book director, spearheading the production.

Success of Aladdin

The 1992 animated motion picture was the top grossing film of the year, thanks to the late Robin Williams who did an award-winning performance voicing the genie. Moreover, it is known for its main theme song, “A Whole New World”, which has won many recognitions as well.

Because Aladdin has been closely linked to the successful performance of Williams, many fans are anticipating how the live-action adaptation will stay at par with— or even top— the 1992 classic.

Aladdin is based on a folktale about a young lad in a Middle East setting being granted three wishes after being able to free a genie from a magical lamp.

Walt Disney has closed at $92.49 on Monday.

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