Disney fans have become numb to the studio reaching milestone after milestone. As Disney continues to grow, develop and produce, it becomes hard to remember that other studios even exist!
With a grossing of $7.67 billion at the box office so far this year, Disney has surpassed the previous record of $7.61 billion in 2016 (also set by Disney…of course).
Disney beat itself at its own game largely due to the release of Avengers: Endgame, which premiered on April 22 and has since become the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar, never mind other hits such as Aladdinand Captain Marvel.
With more recent releases, such The Lion Kingand Toy Story 4, that $7.67 billion will surely continue to grow and grow, and we still have five month left this year!
This film is so important that it’s almost surprising that Disney’s mascot isn’t a girl in a glass coffin.
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Flash forward and Snow White and getting a live action remake. Will Marc Webb direct it? Despite his stint with the Amazing Spider-man series being less than spectacular (Thanks, Sony!), he’s directed some great flicks.
After the Amazing Spider-Man films, his 2017 film about an intelligent seven-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother entitled Giftedgrossed a whopping 43 million off of a $7 million budget, with Star Tribute writing , “Sure, it’s a simple, straightforward film, but sometimes that’s all you need as long as its heart is true” and with Richard Roeper saying, “Giftedisn’t the best or most sophisticated or most original film of the year so far – but it just might be my favorite”.
Maybe it’s time Marc Webb took on the reigns of a bigger film. Luckily, he won’t be alone. This isn’t a one man show, after all, it’s a movie.
Marwan Kenzari, who recently played Jafar in Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake, Skydance and Netflix’s adaptation of Greg Rucka’s The Old Guard.
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A tragedy of immortality, The Old Guardfollows Andy, the leader of elite group of super soldiers who has been alive since ancient Greece. He leads this rag-tag team of immortals, which has two members who were on opposing sides during the Crusades.
They’ve lived through many wars, but now they’ve encounter encountered a genuine threat in the technology age when a black woman serving in the Marines turns out to be an immortal, forcing them into action just as an organization, lead by a businessman who wants the secret to eternal life for himself, waits to capture their powers on camera.
The problem? Andy has met others of her kind and learned that at some point death will come for them, with no warning and no apparent explanation for why that arrow, sword, or bullet ended them when so many others failed.
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First published in 2017, the five issue mini-series has each issue revealing bits and pieces of the past traumas as the story jumps through characters, locations, cultures, and even timelines.
The Neighbor writes that the authors have described their work as a “fairytale of blood and bullets”.
Rucka has written for so many different artists that he’s developed a talent for crafting stories that play to his collaborators’ specific strengths, and Fernández has made major leaps refining his linework and composition without losing the bold graphic elements that energize his artwork.
Emotional, bold, it was only a matter of time before the comic series would be adapted, and, according to Variety, Sky Dance Media, after buying the rights to the comic, tapped Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct.
Well the trailer is here! This morning, Disney dropped the new trailer for Aladdin, revealing a whole new menagerie of classic scenes adapted in live action. And most exciting of all: the songs! Yes, folks snippets from Friend Like Me and A Whole New World are glimpsed here, allowing the sheer scope of the project to finally come into focus. Aladdin looks appropriately epic in scale, both in the breath of the sets, the beautiful costumes, and equally lovely cinematography. It appears this move is just more than Will Smith in blue makeup, allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
Speaking of the Genie, he’s finally shown onscreen for more than a few seconds, allowing Will Smith show us his chops. There will never be a true replacement for Robin William’s Genie but Will Smith looks to be throwing himself into the role with gusto. Showcasing charm, wit, and a great deal of energy, the Genie looks plain fun and will likely steal the show, just as he did in the original animated film.
Other glimpses in the trailer include glimpses of the sinister Jafar, the magnificently designed Cave of Wonders, and of course, Mena Massaoud’s Aladdin himself. This live action adaptation looks to be a worthy successor to the original film and we can’t wait for the film to drop in just two months.
Entertainment Weekly has just released an article granting us what we have been wishing for: more about the new Aladdin movie!
Originally, Aladdin was an animated film from Disney, based on the Arabic folktale of the same name from the Arabic book One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a Arabian Nights). One Thousand and One Nights is a compilation of several Arabian folktales.
The 1992 Disney adaptation was a huge hit, and director Guy Ritchie is hoping to do the same for the live-action edition! He’s hit a few roadblocks on the way to achieving his wish though.
The Entertainment Weekly article revealed the behind-the-scenes struggles director Guy Ritchie had when putting together parts of the film.
The first being how he’ll handle the role of the fan-favorite Genie.
After the passing of one of the most beloved actors Robin Williams, it was the question on everyone’s mind when the live-action remake was announced.
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Who could possibly replace Robin Williams?!
Personally, I don’t think anyone can “replace” Williams, no matter how amazing they are, but Ritchie’s dilemma is definitely a head scratcher. I’m glad to see that he approached the situation with care.
“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Ritchie says.
In the end, the actor who was given the iconic role was Will Smith, who had this to say about approaching the role himself. He told Entertainment Weekly:
Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifyingThe question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.
I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.
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I think that’s fair, make it your own Will! I look forward to seeing it!
According to the interview, “the final version of Will Smith’s Genie in his blue floating lamp form isn’t quite finished” so we still have to wait and see it all. So far this is what we have to look forward to.
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The second aspect of the film director Ritchie struggled with was choosing the actors to play the main roles of the pure-hearted dreamer Aladdin, and the bold and strong-willed Princess Jasmine.
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It took Ritchie six months to find the right two people for the roles! After hundreds of auditions, the lucky two chosen are Canadian actor Mena Massoud to play Aladdin, and actress Naomi Scott.
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So far Massoud is on his way to learning the choreography and dancing, but he is building a very good brotherly relationship with Smith, which is perfect for playing the roles of Aladdin and Genie together!
Ritchie calls him “quite a funny lad” and says the actor quickly bonded with Smith off screen, as the duo captured the brotherly back-and forth that Aladdin and Genie share. “What was nice about Will was that the more I got to know him and the more I spent time with him, the stronger naturally our relationships became with our characters,” Massoud explains.
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For Scott, this is a twenty-five-year long dream come true.
[She was] instantly drawn as a child to 1992’s dark-eyed, dark-haired, olive-skinned Jasmine. “Having a Disney princess that looked something like me, I think was really powerful,” says Scott. Stepping into the role more than 25 years later, she says she was excited to spin her own twist on a Disney princess
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So far the three main roles look like they are in great hands!
Here are all three of them on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
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Lastly, Guy Ritchie also encountered difficulty “finding” the fictional Kingdom of Agrabah.
Apparently, the team was thinking of filming in Morroco, but after some thought it was decided that it “didn’t just have to be Moroccan,’ production designer Gemma Jackson tells EW. Jackson and her team instead built a set”
Jackson drew inspiration from Moroccan, Persian, and Turkish cultures, Victorian paintings, and Iznik ceramics to conjure the setting. Ritchie was also assisted by “an army of cultural advisers” on set, adding that the film, while steeped in this Arabian world, is what he calls “principally a human challenge rather than an ethnic one.”
Here are a couple of pictures revealing a little of what the Kingdom will look like, and the extras that were brought in to represent the people of Agrabah!
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If you want to see more of Entertainment Weekly‘s first look at the new Aladdin live-action film, read the article! There’s even more juicy details to excite!