EW’s First Look at Disney’s Aladdin (2019)
Every time I read that Guy Ritchie is directing the 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s beloved Aladdin film, I double-take. Not that I have any issues with Ritchie’s work, in fact it’s very much the opposite. However his style is not what I would expect for something from Disney, let alone the Aladdin remake.
Entertainment Weekly released their First Look of the upcoming Aladdin film that includes an interview with Ritchie along with the first photos of Jasmine, Aladdin, and Will Smith as The Genie.
“My skills and experience could add enough to make it feel fresh and worth it, but not so much so that it would wash away nostalgia,” Ritchie tells EW. He adds that because he has five children, “making a kids’ film was very appealing to me.”
Disney’s Aladdin, loosely inspired by the Arabian folktales in One Thousand and One Nights, took over the box office in 1992 and is expected to do big again in 2019. But what set the 1992 animated classic apart from the competition was Robin Williams as the big, blue genie. Now, Ritchie and Will Smith had the challenge of filling those shoes.
“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Ritchie says.
“Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying,” Will Smith tells EW. “The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.”
“I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different,” Smith added. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
Aladdin is generating plenty of buzz and has the team at Project-Nerd interested. It’s set for release in May 2019.
You can find the full, original article on Entertainment Weekly.com