After Disney released a live-action film based on the popular animation Aladdin last year May, the company is reportedly moving forward with a sequel, according to Variety.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, writers John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, The Kitchen) have been approached to write the script for the live-action sequel.
The live-action film starred Will Smith and newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Genie, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, respectively.
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The animated classic premiered in theaters in 1992 and was followed by sequels Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar (1994) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996).
The live-action remake grossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office for the company with earnings of $355 million domestically.
Disney has been working on creating another new franchise set in the Aladdin universe, with a possible spin-off focused on Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen) reportedly underway for the company’s streaming service Disney+, The Hollywood Reporter reported in December.
In the live-action Aladdin film, Prince Anders was a suitor from Skanland and a potential love interest for Princess Jasmine, Magnussen won fans over with his quirkiness and humor presented in the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old actor brought the idea of a spin-off for his character to Disney, and has been involved with the spinoff’s scriptwriting.
Last July, Smith thanked his fans for making Aladdin the biggest hit of his career in a video he shared via Instagram.
“To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you,” he said in his video.
“Aladdin just became the biggest movie of my career! I’m honored and I’m Speechless. (You see what I did there? Gotta pay attention) The only thing I can say is… Thank You,” Smith captioned his Instagram post.
He went on to say he felt “humbled and honored” and thanked his fans in more than a dozen languages, including Korean, French, Russian, Hebrew and Japanese.
“Thank you, everyone around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Smith concluded, before asking, “Who’d I miss?”