There’s no doubt at this point that Disney’s remakes of their classic films are all the rage. This year’s “Aladdin” has already done astounding numbers and “The Lion King” did even better as both have been dominating the box office charts for weeks now, both making over $1 billion globally. So it’s safe to say we’re going to be seeing more of these types of films in the future but there’s also another possibility to consider: sequels. We’ve already got one on the way this year in the form of a sequel to 2014’s revisionist fantasy “Maleficent” but more could be headed to theaters soon.
In an interview with SYFY Wire, producer Dan Lin spoke about how the success of the live-action “Aladdin” starring Will Smith as the Genie may lead to a sequel that is in the early stages:
“We’d love to. People clearly loved the movie and watched it multiple times and we get lots of fan letters and people asking us to make Return [of]Jafar, and I can just tell you that we’re in early stages right now, but we’re certainly talking about another movie. Like with Aladdin, it will not be a straight remake of any movie that’s been made before, so we’re looking at ‘where’s the best way to go with these characters.’”
This isn’t quite official yet but given how “Aladdin” had somewhat notable sequels that followed the original animated film, audiences gobbling up nostalgia may come back for this second helping. The real question is whether Disney is ready to try out sequels to their current crop of Disney remakes. Time will tell but so will the box office as well.