After an impressive box office run, Disney looks to be readying a follow-up to its live-action take on Aladdin.
Despite plenty of controversy ahead of its release, Aladdin managed to surprise nearly everyone when it surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. And now, perhaps unsurprisingly, it looks like Disney is ready to give audiences more. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Aladdin producer Dan Lin revealed talks are underway regarding a sequel. However, things still appear to be in the relative early stages as Lin insists they are "exploring" where they can take the potential franchise from here.
"We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more," Lin said. "And so we feel like there's more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that's been done before."
Lin's comments could prove comforting for those who critiqued The Lion King for being a shot-for-shot remake of its animated predecessor. The Aladdin producers appear to be aware of such criticisms and are keen on making the sequel their own, as opposed to simply adapting The Return of Jafar. "We're really looking at what's been done before in the past and the home video, and there's just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise."
To date, Aladdin has amassed $1.034 billion at the worldwide box office, $682 million of which has come from international markets. Perhaps even more impressive, Aladdin is the fourth Disney film to surpass $1 billion this year following the lies of Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and the aforementioned remake of The Lion King.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan of Agrabah, Billy Magnussen as new character Prince Anders, and Frank Welker and Alan Tudyk as the voices of Abu and Iago, respectively. The film is now in theaters.