Disney has been making a killing with its live-action remakes of its classic animated films, including “Cinderella” (2015), “The Jungle Book” (2016) and “Beauty and the Beast” (2016). A live-action “Aladdin” is currently in the works, and it has just added the in-demand songwriting duo of Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. They’ve been on a hot streak lately, winning Best Original Song at the Oscars for “City of Stars” from “La La Land.” They followed that up by winning Best Score at the Tony Awards for “Dear Evan Hansen,” which also won Best Musical. They’ll be working with eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, who won Best Original Song for “A Whole New World” from the animated “Aladdin.”
Pasek and Paul and quickly approaching EGOT status. They’re already halfway there after this year’s Oscar and Tony victories, and they’ll be eligible multiple times at the Grammys as well for their work on “La La Land” and “‘Dear Evan Hansen.” They had Emmy in their sights as well, having written an original song for “The Flash” this season, but they didn’t make the cut in this year’s nominations, so they’ll have to try again if they want to complete the grand slam.
In addition to Pasek and Paul, “Aladdin” recently announced the actors who will play the lead roles: Mena Massoud as the title character, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as Genie. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie, best known for stylized action films like “Snatch” (2000), “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) and most recently “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (2017). Are you looking forward to the “Aladdin” reboot? Comment below, and discuss this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.