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Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Aladdin’ Live-Action Movie for Disney

Disney is in talks with Guy Ritchie to direct its live-action “Aladdin” movie.

Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie’s two “Sherlock Holmes” movies for Warner Bros., is also producing “Aladdin” through his Lin Pictures company. Jonathan Eirich is exec producing.

John August, whose credits include “Big Fish,” wrote the new “Aladdin” script.

The original animated movie was released in 1992 as a comic take on the Arabic folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie trapped in a lamp. The genie was voiced by the late Robin Williams.

“Aladdin” was the top grosser of 1992, and won Academy Awards for best score and best song for “A Whole New World.”

Ritchie’s credits include “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and “King Arthur” for Warner Bros. He is repped by CAA.

The original “Aladdin” grossed $217 million domestically and $504 million worldwide.

Disney’s seen strong performances with its live-action adaptations of animated classics, including “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book.” It’s releasing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, next year, and is developing live-action versions of “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”

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