As recently reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is struggling to find actors to fill the cast for its new Aladdin film. After several months, director Guy Ritchie and his team have yet to hire key members to play the iconic roles first portrayed in the 1992 animated classic. However, the troubled progress is unlikely to derail the production completely. Disney has a massive vault properties it can mine for profits and the nostalgia market is too tempting (and consistently successful) to abandon.
Coming off its successful release of the live-action Beauty and Beast, which garnered a nearly 1.3 billion dollar global boxoffice, Disney would be remiss to not pursue similar adaptations. The new Aladdin is a safe bet–its original audience is still young enough to be fondly attached to it and they now may have children they can introduce to the classic story. Grumbling originalists, like myself, can bitch and moan about the pointless exercise of remaking (what we’d consider) a perfect film, but we know damn it will put our butts back in the theater seats and keep Disney “one jump ahead of the bread line, one swing ahead of the sword.”
What you do you guys think of all these “live-action” remakes of the Disney classics?
I have nothing wrong with the “live action” remakes of Disney movies. If you think about in the actual theatre world, remakes exist all the time when there are Disney shows live that there with so many cast changes so many people have played all of these iconic characters like Aladdin, Genie, Belle, Beast, Nala, and Simba so what is so wrong with new actors portraying these roles. The 2017 “live action” Beauty and the Beast” movie rekindled my love for the original movie.
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You make a very good point. I was skeptical about the Beauty and the Beast remake, but it was actually beautifully (pardon the pun) executed. However, it still makes me anxious when they mess with my childhood favorites only because I want to preserve the originals for future generations. That being said, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a ticket to an Aladdin remake. Disney has a record of quality that I have learned to trust.