Aladdin producer Dan Lin has seemingly let the genie out of the lamp regarding a possible sequel to the 2019 live-action remake, which grossed over $1 billion at the global box office.In an interview with ComicBook.com, Lin revealed that Disney was in the early stages of “exploring” where it could go with a potential Aladdin franchise, considering the staggering ticket sales of this year’s release.
“We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more,” he explained. “And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times.”
“We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell,” he added.
Lin went on to say that the House of Mouse would want to explore a whole new world if it were to develop a follow-up film, asserting that the studio wouldn’t replicate anything that had been done previously.
“We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin [live-action] movie and not going to do a shot-by-shot remake of anything that’s been done before,” he said, adding, “We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”
Lin’s alluding to The Return of Jafar, the direct-to-video sequel to the original animated film, and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the second sequel in that musical trilogy.
In our review of the live-action remake, we said it is “about as safe an adaptation as we’ve seen Disney put out, which is a bit disappointing considering that most of what it adds to the story works pretty well.”
For more on Disney’s Aladdin, check out our comparison of how the live-action teaser recreated the 1992 animated film, watch the Disney song challenge with the cast of the 2019 movie, or read our interesting deep dive into the history of genies in folklore and pop culture.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.SOURCE: IGN.com