Disney’s new live-action Aladdin movie isn’t the only film based on the classic folk story currently in the works. The Asylum, an independent movie studio that specialises in low-budget, straight-to-DVD, B-tier movies like Sharknado, Transmorphers, Snakes on a Train, and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, is making an Aladdin parody movie.
The new Aladdin “mockbuster” was revealed by way of a casting call sheet discovered by SlashFilm that calls for actors to play Aladdin, Genie, and others. Jafar and Jasmine’s name are nowhere to be seen, and that might be because his character is owned by Disney. You can probably expect these characters to show up under different names.
The rest of the Aladdin story and characters appear to be available for use in the parody movie because they exist in the public domain.
The Asylum’s new Aladdin movie is expected to start shooting in Los Angeles this week. The studio is known to move quickly, and it would seemingly make sense to see the movie launch later this year, perhaps close to Disney’s Aladdin to piggyback on the hype.
Disney’s Aladdin movie hits theatres in May 2019, and Will Smith stars as the Genie.