Following the popularity of the successes of other live-action film remakes, or retellings, including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, Disney is once again betting on a classic.
Disney Studios will release a live-action version of their classic animated film, Aladdin. It’s due to hit theaters on May 24, 2019.
Here are 3 differences between the 1992 animated classic and the 2019 live-action version.
Aladdin 2019: A Higher Paid Genie
There’s no denying that the late Robin Williams as the Genie in the original Aladdin was unforgettable – perhaps even irreplaceable. However, we’ve yet to see Will Smith’s version as his appearance is still being kept under wraps and was even kept from the most recent trailer.
It’s reported that, to show his gratitude for the success he had with his film Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams voiced the Genie for SAG scale pay – a measly $75,000 – instead of his asking fee of $8 million. Additionally, he placed the conditions that his name nor his image be kept from all marketing and that his character not take more than 25% of space on advertising artwork.
For his role as the newest, and live-action, genie, Will Smith was reported to have been paid the “biggest upfront money deal in film history.” He has also negotiated separate fees for acting & writing/recording new songs for the film’s soundtrack.
Aladdin 2019: A More Diverse Cast
The 1992 animated version starred Robin Williams as Genie, TV’s Full House star Scott Weinger as Aladdin, and Linda Larkin as Jasmine.
The new cast features Will Smith as Genie along with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin – Scott is Indian and English descent, Massoud was born in Egypt.
Aladdin 2019: A New Version, Not A Remake
At this time, there isn’t much released about the film – not so much as an IMDB summary and nothing official sent from the studio other than one single still from the film, the first trailer, and the teaser poster, all released this week.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as more about the film is released but in the meantime, mark your calendars for Aladdin‘s release date of March 24, 2019.