Robin Williams' will forbids Disney from using Aladdin outtakes

2015-11-10 16:00

Los Angeles - Robin Williams' will forbids Disney from using his outtakes for an Aladdin prequel.

The 63-year-old actor - who took his own life in 2014 - played the Genie in the original movie and the Sunday Times has reported that his will states that Disney cannot use his "name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death".

This was done to prevent his family incurring financial penalties from his posthumous earnings.

However, this has not stopped Disney going ahead with plans for an Aladdin prequel which will explore the backstory of the friendly blue Genie who offers the protagonist three wishes, in a brand new live-action movie.

The comedy adventure - which has tentatively been titled Genies - is still in the early stages of development but is being penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.

Although it will have a strong focus on the Genie character, it is also believed the movie - which already has Tripp Vinson on board to produce through his Vinson Films banner - will re-tell the classic Aladdin story, which was brought to life in the 1992 animated film.

However, it is not yet known who will voice the Genie.

The popular tale isn't the first to receive a live-action remake, with new versions of The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Mulan and Pinnochio already in production, with an updated version of Cinderella also released earlier this year.

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