Disney has pegged Guy Ritchie to direct its upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin.
John August (Frakenweenie, Dark Shadows) wrote the script, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as an “ambitious and non-traditional” take on the 1992 animated classic. THR adds that the film will be non-linear, a hallmark of Ritchie’s filmmaking style.
Ritchie made a name for himself in the late 90s with a pair of quick-witted heist films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Following a few commercial and critical duds in the mid-2000s, he’s experienced a career resurgence of late with a pair of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and the surprise action comedy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. His next project, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, is due out March 2017
Aladdin is just one of several live-action remakes in development over at Disney. Jon Favreau was recently hired to helm The Lion King; Lin Manuel-Miranda is starring in a Mary Poppins sequel and is also writing music for The Little Mermaid; and Emma Watson will dazzle next year with Beauty and the Beast.