'Aladdin' Sequel in Early Stages, According to Producer

Aladdin 2 Is Being Discussed at Disney

'Aladdin' Sequel in Early Stages, According to Producer

Disney's Aladdin surprised many (including myself) with its strong box office performance. Audiences have loved it, sending it to over $1 billion worldwide in box office earnings.

But that's what it strictly is, just talks.

Aladdin producer Dan Lin has revealed that the studio is in early discussions to adapt Aladdin's direct-to-video sequel, Return of Jafar, for the big screen. Some fans have apparently written letters to Disney to tell them that they loved the movie so much that they got their friends to join when they went to watch it again.

"I can tell you, that just like with the first "Aladdin" movie, we're not going to make just a straight remake", said Lin. The second sequel was an adaptation of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (another story contained in the Arabian Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales that also contains the original story of Aladdin), but instead swapped the titular Ali Baba out with Aladdin. 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. The 1994 sequel is called "The Return of Jafar".

He also hopes that director Guy Ritchie would return to helm whatever follow up comes to fruition. I think that's the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie.

"His unease may have been over the film's cutting-edge satire", the report says, adding that the exec was "worrying aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans" and that it may "prove a little too edgy for Disney brass accustomed to producing movies suitable for parents and kids". Absolutely not. Chances are, they don't even know the movie exists, as it's not something that's being targeted towards them.

In his interview, Lin explained that although they will be looking at the source material, the sequel will not be a "shot by shot" remake. And we'd love to have Guy back and get the team back together.

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