Yes there is going to be a live action Disney Aladdin film, starring Will Smith as the Genie. We’re not sure about the effect on our childhood memories. It’s been controversial so far. Via Screenrant:
Terry Rossio, one of the writers from the original animated Aladdin movie, isn’t particularly thrilled with Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. In recent years, the Mouse House’s flagship Walt Disney Pictures production house has been busy remaking and reimagining iconic fairy-tale stories, many of which they’ve already told in animation form throughout the 20th century. But bringing these characters and stories, like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, to life on the big screen in the 21st century has proven enormously successful – financially – for them.
So, it isn’t particularly surprising that Disney would want to devote the vast majority of their resources to make more of those remakes. Next year will see three major live-action remakes (not including adaptations of other children and/or young adult stories) – Tim Burton’s Dumbo, Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King – of which one of them, Aladdin, is currently making waves in the news for having released its first teaser trailer earlier this week. But not everyone is excited about the remake.