Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Prequel

Disney is developing “Genies,” a live-action comedy prequel to its 1992 animated hit “Aladdin.”

Tripp Vinson is on board to produce “Genies” through his Vinson Films banner. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the prequel, which will center on a genie trapped in Aladdin’s lamp.

The original Aladdin story is contained in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” (“The Arabian Nights”), in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave.

Vinson’s credits include exec producing “San Andreas” and producing “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island.” He’s also developing “Bob the Musical” for Disney with Michel Hazanavicius directing, as well as a Prince Charming movie for Disney. (Fun fact: Vinson’s bachelor party was true-life inspiration for 2009’s “The Hangover.”)

Shannon and Swift’s credits include 2009’s “Friday the 13th” and the upcoming comedy “O’Lucky Day” with Peter Dinklage starring.

Disney has been mining its library of animated movies for live-action inspiration, evidenced by recent reboots “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland,” the upcoming “Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson starring. It’s also developing live-action versions of “Pinocchio,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo.”

Disney’s “Aladdin,” with Robin Williams voicing the blue genie, grossed more than $500 million at the worldwide box office.

Shannon and Swift are repped by UTA and attorney Jeff Frankel at McKuin, Frankel.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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