Disney ain’t ever had a friend like money, as the studio eyes a sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s live-action Aladdin just a few weeks after the remake flew over the billion-dollar mark. This astronomical number easily marks Aladdin as the second highest-grossing live-action remake in Disney’s catalog, with Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast taking the top spot and Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King taking no spots because that’s an animated movie.
So it’s no surprise, really, that a sequel may be on the horizon. Nothing is officially in the works, but producer Dan Lin told Comic Book that the house of mouse is “exploring” that route:
“We certainly, when we first made the movie, wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell. We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”
It’s absolutely worth noting that the original 1992 animated film itself spawned a sequel. It’s called The Return of Jafar, it was the first Disney direct-to-video animated film, and it’s honestly kind of terrible. (Also worth noting that the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, is Good, Actually.) Funny enough, Aladdin star Mena Massoud told Collider’s Thomas Reimann he’d “absolutely” be down for a Return of Jafar adaptation, back when the idea of the film making $1 billion seemed like some sort’ve mystical genie wish. So, you know, stay tuned.