Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin has come and gone like a puff of blue smoke from a lamp.
And if we’re all being honest, it’s actually quite surprising how well it had done for itself despite initial concerns over Will Smith looking blue Shrek. In fact, you all spent over $1 billion at the worldwide box office just to see Aladdin so there’s clearly a lot of love for the remake.
And it’s thanks to that incredible amount of love for the film, talks are underway for a sequel.
Producer Dan Lin spoke to SYFY WIRE about Aladdin and revealed that the film’s success has meant that “early stages” talks are underway for “another movie”.
“People clearly loved the movie and watched it multiple times and we get lots of fan letters and people asking us to make Return [of] Jafar.”
Since things are still in the, well, early stages, there’s not really much to talk about regarding what direction the sequel will take other than it’ll “not be a straight remake of any movie that’s been made before”, figuring out “the best way to go with [the] characters” and trying to getting Guy Ritchie back to direct.
So for those hoping for a live-action remake of Return of
Sexy Jafar or The King of Thieves, well maybe don’t hold your breath.
But while Aladdin did stick pretty closely to the animated classic, it did introduce new elements such as Jasmine becoming sultan and the genie falling in love, not to mention how Jafar is technically still in play as a rival genie, so there’s plenty of material to play around with for a sequel.
Now nothing has been officially been given the greenlight yet so let’s not get too excited yet. But let’s be honest here, a film that’s made over $1 billion is almost certainly going to get a sequel because it’s just smart business.
So well done to all you people who went out and saw Aladdin multiple times in the cinema and spent over $1 billion on it, you’re the reason why this (hypothetical) sequel exists.