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Popular Live-Action Film Unlikely to Get Sequel

Is Disney out of Ideas
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For more than a decade, The Walt Disney Company has been turning some of its most classic animated films into live-action ones. While they have been doing it occasionally for a long time, it has really picked up as of late, with dozens of Disney films getting the live-action treatment. While some of the movies were hits beloved by fans — like The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beastothers, including Pinocchio and Dumbo, have not been received as well.

Unfortunately, it looks like one of the more successful live-action remakes will not be getting the sequel people hoped for.

Will Smith genie Aladdin

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Aladdin, which was released as a live-action film in 2019, starred relative newcomer Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, and Will Smith as the Genie. Many were worried that the film would not be the same without Robin Williams as the Genie, but audiences were impressed with how well Smith adapted the character. In fact, fans loved the live-action remake so much that they went to see it in droves. Aladdin made over $1 billion at the box office and was the highest-grossing film of 2019 — seemingly the perfect setup for a sequel.

Aladdin

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Sadly, it does not look like we will be getting that Aladdin sequel we were hoping for. Massoud was asked by a fan if there would be a live-action sequel to the hit 2019 film. The actor responded, saying that it was “very unlikely.”

We still getting Aladdin 2??

Very unlikely at this point

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This is not the first time that Massoud has questioned the likelihood of a second film. In December, he did an interview where he said that, if another film were to happen, it would not be based on the animated sequel. Instead, it would be a whole new story that would focus more on the original source material — One Thousand and One Nights.

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Fans had been hoping that a sequel was imminent, especially when it was reported that Disney was negotiating with Will Smith to return as the Genie. It had been seen as unlikely that Smith would be back in the Disney family after his infamous Chris Rock Oscars slap, but Disney had apparently made the choice to bring him back. Should the movie move forward at some point in the future, it is unknown how much of the original cast would return.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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