Aladdin The Genie Applause Sign

The Disney canon is undergoing a live-action overhaul, and slowly but surely your childhood favorites are being re-imagined as flesh and blood entertainments. And with each new project, a vital question is asked repeatedly when these projects are approached: "Will it be a musical?" The answers to this question are as varied as the projects that they are proposed to, and in the case of Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, the answer seems pretty simple. As you'll see in the quote from Ritchie below, fans wishes for a musical element might be granted after all, as he said the following:

I think it'd be tough not to make it a musical. It's too early, because I've really just immersed myself into that project. So, I'm still looking for cast members, we still haven't found exactly which direction we are going in. I'm confident at some stage, it will reveal itself to me.

While it's definitely early for Ritchie to be thinking about his Aladdin approach, what with casting still needing to be finalized and his duties on his current project King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continuing into the film's press rounds. But it's hard not to think of Aladdin as a musical by trade, especially when some of the most memorable Disney songs are in that film's confines. "Prince Ali," "Arabian Nights," and, of course, "A Whole New World" would be brought to the eyes and ears of a new generation, much like they were earlier this year with Disney's breakout hit Beauty and The Beast. Tack on the possibility of Will Smith playing the film's legendary Genie, and the hypothetical scenario's beauty just goes through the roof.

Going back to the example of Beauty and The Beast, that film's strategy of adapting its classic songs into a live-action context paid off. With almost $1.2 billion to its credit, the live action incarnation of Belle and the Beast's love story is the perfect example of how and why a musical adaptation still works in the much more real context. But, as Guy Ritchie himself said to The Nerdist, whether he's comfortable with such an approach working its way into the film or not has yet to come to him. So while the temptation to make the film in the same style as Beauty and The Beast is there, it'll ultimately come down to what best suits the film's purposes.

Aladdin is not set for a production schedule or release date just yet, but as soon as we have any updates, you'll be the first to know! Though, if we were to put money on it, it's probably a safe bet that when / if Will Smith signs on as Genie, the film's pretty much a musical at that point.

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