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Guy Ritchie on Why He Wanted to Direct Disney’s Aladdin


Guy Ritchie has made a career out of movies about charming streetwise hoods, so he seems like a natural choice to direct Disney’s live-action reimagining of Aladdin, which opens this weekend. Ritchie directed the remake from a screenplay he cowrote with John August, based on a script by Ron Clements, John Musker, and Ted Elliot & Terry Rosio. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, and Billy Magnussen, Aladdin opens in theaters this weekend.

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We got to sit down with the director and talk to him about the film. Check out the interview above. Aladdin is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Guy Ritchie discusses:

  • How he wanted to make something his five children could watch
  • How his early days of directing music videos came in handy while staging the movie’s elaborate dance sequences and musical numbers.
  • How Aladdin would fit in with the characters in his earlier films like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch.
  • How many wishes Jason Statham would get out of the Genie.

Here’s the official synopsis for Aladdin:

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar; Navid Negahban as the Sultan; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia; Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim.

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