Aladdin Remake Will Be A Musical, Director Confirms

Guy Ritchie, director of Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Aladdin," has confirmed that the film will be a musical.

While speaking to Nerdist about his upcoming movie "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," Ritchie said, "It’d be tough not to make ['Aladdin'] a musical.” The original animated classic was released in 1992 and featured a number of iconic songs, including "A Whole New World" and "Prince Ali."

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"It's too early because I’ve really just immersed myself into that project," Ritchie added. "So I’m still looking for cast members, we still haven’t found exactly which direction we’re going in. I’m confident that at some stage it will reveal itself to me, but right now it’s just a bit too premature."

Ritchie is well-known for directing "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch." Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" will debut in theaters May 12.

“Aladdin” was based on one of the Arabian folktales in “One Thousand and One Nights.” The story follows a character named Aladdin, who finds a lamp containing a magical genie that grants him three wishes. The original animated film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

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No release date has been set for the live-action "Aladdin" remake, but it is expected to begin production in July.

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