Disney’s Aladdin surprised many (including myself) with its strong box office performance. Earning over a billion dollars worldwide, it should come as no surprise that we are hearing talks about a sequel.
But that’s what it strictly is, just talks. In a new interview, producer Dan Lin says a sequel to the Guy Ritchie film is in the early stages of development. More on the report below.
Speaking to SYFY Wire, Lin talked about the potential of a sequel and what it may be about:
“We’d love to. 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, and I can just tell you that we’re in early stages right now, but we’re certainly talking about another movie. Like with Aladdin, it will not be a straight remake of any movie that’s been made before, so we’re looking at ‘where’s the best way to go with these characters.’”
Disney released The Return of Jafar, the sequel to Aladdin, in 1992. In it, Jafar returned to exact his vengeance on Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie. Though the animation itself was inferior, the film gained a considerable following, which would then lead up to another sequel.
Of course, this is far from a confirmation. Often times we hear about producers talking up a sequel in the days or weeks after the first film was a smashing success. Take a look at what happened with The Jungle Book. It was widely reported that a sequel would happen just days after The Jungle Book was a box office success, but since then nothing has come of it.
Now, should a sequel happen, it wouldn’t be a complete surprise that they would adapt The Return of Jafar, especially with the way Aladdin ended. Additionally, they would have to bring Ritchie back as a director. Here’s what Lin had to say about that:
“Yeah, I think that’s certainly the hope. He made this movie for his kids. They loved Aladdin, both the original animated movie and the Broadway musical, and they wanted him to make a movie that they could see. So he certainly loved the experience, I think both he and Will Smith — even before the box office success, they said it was the best filmmaking experience of their lives and they had so much fun doing it. And we’d love to have Guy back and get the team back together. If we do another Aladdin movie, we’d certainly love to have him at the helm.”
If you’ve not yet seen Aladdin, it’s coming to home video soon. Click right here for trailers and more.
[Source: SYFY Wire]