Aladdin 2 is reportedly happening with Guy Ritchie returning as director

Mena Massoud and Will Smith in Aladdin

Aladdin was released past year after tons of hype, and let's just say it lived up to it all.

Disney's Aladdin remake is reportedly moving forward on its sequel and writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff have been hired to write the script. It pretty closely followed the story of the original Disney animated classic, released in 1992, but had a few modern twists, including new music and a villain people were strangely rooting for.

Though it received a mixed reception from critics, audiences seemed to connect with Disney's live-action adaptation of Aladdin, pushing it to over $1 billion at the global box office, and the House of Mouse is following the money as they have officially greenlit a sequel, according to Variety.

In August, one of the Aladdin remake's producers said that Disney was looking into a sequel.

The fact that the Aladdin sequel is definitely going to theaters isn't too surprising, after the massive success of the remake past year. That 1996 direct-to-video animated film was a surprisingly strong sequel that partially adapted Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and, most importantly, introduced us to Aladdin's hot dad.

Although it was met mixed reviews, Aladdin's global haul of $1.051 billion made it the ninth highest-grossing movie of 2019, and now the 34th highest-grossing movie ever.

As for who is coming back for the second film in this franchise? The company would like to bring back Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, who starred in the summer blockbuster. Some of the crew will be the same - Aladdin producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich are producing the sequel, and executive producer Ryan Halprin is also returning. Not only is Guy Ritchie set to return as director, but a writers' room has been working on new ideas for the sequel by reading through stories from One Thousand and One Nights, the source material upon which the original Aladdin was loosely based. We may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via links.

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