12 Oct - While Disney is currently on a hot streak with their lucrative Marvel and "Star Wars" properties, the studio is also known for turning their own animated classics into financially-successful live-action blockbusters.
"Aladdin" is one such classic that was announced last year to be next in line for the live-action treatment.
The Hollywood Reporter has recently revealed that Guy Ritchie, best known for his stylistic works in "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels" as well as two "Sherlock Holmes" movies", is in talks to direct Disney's live-action adaptation of the 1992 animated classic.
Veteran screenwriter John August ("Big Fish", "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory") have written the script, which is said to retain most of the musical elements seen in the animated original.
It was previously reported that the movie would be a prequel, focused on the wish-granting Genie. However, recent development has not confirmed so.
The 1992 "Aladdin" was best known for the late Robin Williams' unforgettable performance as Genie.
The animated classic was the year's highest-grossing movie in the U.S. box office and even received five Academy Awards nominations, in which it won two including Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Lea Salonga and Brad Kane's "A Whole New World".
The studio intends to make the live-action version in a non-linear structure, which is in sync with Ritchie's filmmaking style.
The 48-year-old British director has previously directed "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." last year and his next movie will be 2017's "King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword".