Newswire: Disney conjures up live-action Aladdin prequel in classic “be careful what you wish for” story

Disney has declared the next target of its recent craze for live-action adaptation, announcing today that a non-animated prequel to Aladdin is currently in development. The new film, a comedy adventure titled Genie, will seek to answer the myriad questions that have plagued fevered Aladdin scholars for nigh-on a generation: “How did Genie get into that lamp?” for instance, or, “Where do genies even come from?” And, of course, “Why are all these heathens made of ink and paint, instead of our human flesh and blood, as The Bible demands?”

The film will apparently take place in the Realm of the Genies—the sort of alluring, mythical land that would be simply too lush and beautiful in animated form, and will thus be rendered in live-action for the safety of audiences—and will star whoever Disney can coax, Jafar-like, into taking on the impossible role of recreating one of the …

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