After six months of discussions, Disney has finally decided to move forward with a sequel to the massive 2019 summer hit, Aladdin.
Variety is reporting that the mouse house has tapped Power Rangers scribe John Gatins and Straight Outta Compton co-writer Andrea Berloff to pen the script. Insiders say that Disney was impressed by their pitch, which is an original story and not based on the previous animated Aladdin sequels.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the original, will return through their Rideback banner, with Ryan Halprin executive producing. It was not revealed if Guy Ritchie will be back to direct the sequel.
Producers are hopeful that Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will return, but apparently no offers will be made until the script is completed.
2019’s Aladdin is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name, which itself is based on the eponymous tale from One Thousand and One Nights. The film grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 34th highest-grossing film of all-time during its theatrical run.