Guy Ritchie has already been tapped to direct the live-action adaptation of Aladdin – which is currently seeking to cast Will Smith as the Genie – and the latest word has the filmmaker aiming for an “authentic voice.” Following the blockbuster reception received by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ latest live-action adaption of its outstanding stable of original animated classics in the form of Beauty and the Beast – which managed to rake in over $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide at the box office – all eyes are facing towards future releases.
In addition to such past live-action successes as Cinderella from 2015 and The Jungle Book from 2016, Disney is in a fairly enviable position when it comes to delivering another mainstream success with the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin. Fans of the original animated movie musical from 1992 will undoubtedly come to the remake with a sizable set of preconceptions and preemptive expectations for the new movie, but with Ritchie leading the charge perhaps there is little reason to worry – which is certainly what the popular filmmaker is hoping for according to the latest report.
According to Variety, Ritchie took some time during a recent recording of the Playback podcast to address any presumed concerns over possible whitewashing in his live-action take on the classic Aladdin feature film property. Without missing a beat, Ritchie expounded on the difficulty of making what has been previously described by Disney as being a “highly energized” musical, stating:
“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.”
Displaying a slight aberration from past assurances on the behalf Disney that Ritchie’s Aladdin will take care to avoid becoming another culprit of whitewashing, the British filmmaker definitely sounds like he is nevertheless determined to still imprint his distinctive vision on the preexisting property. And with the likes of his King Arthur: Legend of the Sword on the way very shortly, general moviegoers likely have a good idea of what Ritchie’s “authentic voice” might sound like as influenced by a classic Disney animated movie musical masterpiece.
Only time will tell whether or not Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin will be met with resounding applause at the box office, but based on its longstanding cultural impact the movie is more likely than not to be met with a sizable crowd upon theatrical release. Until then, here’s to hoping for the very best from Ritchie and Disney.
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