Aladdin, Genie, and Jasmine are back… And this time they are live-action!
The Disney animation was loosely based on a Middle Eastern folk tale of Aladdin which features in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights). Antoine Galland added the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp to the collection in the 18th century, attributing it to a Syrian storyteller, Youhenna Diab.
Since it first appeared Aladdin and the Magic Lamp has been one of the best known and most retold of all the tales despite being one of the newest additions. This would in part be down to Disney and their popular animated movie adaptation Aladdin starring the late Robin Williams as the Genie. With their version Disney took quite the creative licence with the plot, and it has since been accused of racism.
Disney have decided to reimagine their first adaptation in a live-action romp directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as the Genie of the lamp. After some discussion online about whether the Genie will be blue or not, Will Smith finally showed fans what he looks like as Genie on Instagram…
Starring alongside Will Smith will be Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) as Princess Jasmine, and Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as Aladdin. As we can see from the trailer above, the film won’t be too different from the original Disney animation; Abu the monkey is still on Aladdin’s shoulder, the costumes look beautiful, and there is magic and mayhem galore!
The movie is released on May 24th 2019.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.