When Disney began offering their classic animated movies as live action films, starting with Maleficent and Cinderella, they were not musicals and even if some of the classic songs made it into the soundtrack, it was clear that they were made to tell the story and not bring the music to a new generation of people. With Aladdin set to be made into a live action film of its own, fans of the original have wondered whether or not they would get the music that gave so much life to animated movie.
According to a report from Cinema Blend, it would seem that fans need not worry after all. While last year’s The Jungle Book offered a few songs from the animated movie, this year’s Beauty and the Beast has decided to go full on musical. In line with what Beauty and the Beast is doing, Aladdin will in fact bring along the music of the original film.
Although it is going to be some time before fans get to see the live action rendition of the movie, the film’s producer, Dan Lin opened up about what they are looking for when it comes to their version of Aladdin. Specifically, they are looking for a leading man who is not only able to act, but who can also carry a tune.
In a recent interview, Dan Lin said that they plan to discover “new people” since he believes it is a real challenge to find what it is they are looking for. He said that not only must the actor need to be able to act, but he really feels that they need to have the singing chops to make Aladdin come to life.
If the live action movie really does plan to follow in the footsteps of Beauty and the Beast, then it is likely that beyond just going the musical route, the film will probably stick close to the storyline of the animated classic. Although it will be some time before the studio releases more news about the film, including just how much like the animated original it will be and who will end up playing Aladdin or even the Genie. Right now, there is no set release date for the live action adaptation, but the next opening slot on the calendar is in March of 2019, which means it will be awhile before people are introduced to a whole new world.
By Dorothea James