We all saw the reactions to the latest trailer for the upcoming, live-action remake of Aladdin. If you missed it somehow, the gist of it is that Jafar is hot and Genie is, well, not. Well, Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman, thinks we’re all being mean, and the press coverage isn’t fair, and they’re just feeling a little picked on right now.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Horn discussed managing expectations for upcoming sequels and remakes. Hearkening back to Solo: A Star Wars Story, he said “I think it was a pretty good movie. It didn’t resonate as much as we’d hoped it would, but the press writes it up in a more negative way than I would.” Well, yes, that’s kind of how review and critique works.
If Aladdin, which I happen to think is a terrific film, doesn’t work somehow, that’s big news and much bigger news than if a movie somewhere else, like The Kid Who Would Be King [at Fox,] doesn’t work.
I mean, I’m going to watch the new Lion King (because that little fuzzbum looks adorable), but we probably don’t need shot-for-shot remakes of every Disney animated classic. Also, they’re remaking things people loved as children and that’s pretty much like asking for a kick in the face these days.