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"Aladdin": The original screenwriter is not at all happy about the remake

There is much to suggest that Guy Ritchie will stick relatively closely to the 1992 original in his "Aladdin" live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. In the end, this recipe for success has already worked perfectly with the previous real-life re-editions “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” (both films grossed more than two billion dollars together). In the first teaser trailer for "Aladdin" there are only very few spoken sentences - but some of them are almost word for word dialogues from the 1992 original:

So it could be said: In the end, the animation script from back then was simply filmed again as a live-action version with certain changes. And yet, original screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot won't see a dollar for reusing their script. And Rossio in particular doesn't like that at all, which is why he has now complained on Twitter about Disney's actions:

There is a simple reason why there is no renewed payment for the new edition: The original is an animated film. And for historical reasons, animated films do not come under the supervision of the WGA authors' union. If “Aladdin” had been produced under WGA conditions, Disney would have had to dig deep into its pockets for the remake in order to give the authors involved from back then their fair share. But without a WGA there is no payment either.

If the WGA conditions do not apply, only what has been explicitly contractually agreed between the parties will automatically apply. But in 1992 no one thought that the technology could at some point be so advanced that an animation adventure like “Aladdin” could actually be turned into a real film.

By the way, Terry Rossio is not just any writer. In addition to “Aladdin”, he also wrote the scripts for such mega hits as “Shrek”, “Godzilla” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Therefore, it is doubly incomprehensible why Disney does not even grant him the wish to give him a free ticket to the Disney theme parks instead of the usual compensation for the "Aladdin" remake. After all, his work has already brought billions of dollars into the studio's coffers.

"Aladdin" starts in German cinemas on May 23, 2019.