A Live-Action Aladdin Prequel Is on the Way From Disney

Aladdin and Genie not IRL. Photo: Disney

Because nothing animated is sacred anymore, Disney now wants a live-action Aladdin movie. But wait! It'll be a prequel. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the project, which has clever scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (of Freddy vs. Jason fame) attached to the script, will explain how Genie got trapped in his famous lamp in an origin story à la Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. The film and its writers promise to "focus on the realm of the Genies," and the movie will appropriately be called Genies. Makes sense (if this is sounding random but kind of cool, we are right there with you). Naturally, as THR points out, this will probably lead into a live-action Aladdin movie too. Other specifics are currently unknown, but it might be time to prep by brushing up on your "Whole New World" lyrics. Just remember to add in "IRL" whenever you can.