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There’s No Way Disney Is Doing a Live-Action ‘Return of Jafar’, Right?

Please no.


Disney seems to be spearheading the era of the reboot, bringing audiences live-action versions of classics such as The Lion King and Aladdin. Even if you’re not a fan of these 2019 interpretations, sure we can all agree that reliving childhood through them is, at the very least, kind of nice. But what would be decidedly not nice? Remaking Disney’s abysmal, straight-to-video sequels. Sadly, this nightmare may become a reality. According to We Got This Covered, Disney is currently developing Aladdin 2, which will closely follow the plot of the 1994 sequel Return of Jafar.

In case you’ve repressed this cinematic misstep, it involves Aladdin and Jasmine in a second, far less captivating battle with Jafar, who has escaped from imprisonment in a magic lamp. The sequel joined the ranks of Disney’s other failed follow-ups, like Cinderella III, A Stitch in Time, and Lion King 1 1/2. 

It makes sense why Disney would want to continue the Aladdin train at the box office, considering the success of the first remake. The live-action film, which stars Will Smith as the Genie, earned over $960 million at the box office and has an audience score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But aside from the fact that Return of Jafar is a much less intriguing story, it also performed horribly upon its release. Currently, the film holds a 42 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

We don’t have many details on the alleged sequel yet (or whether Guy Ritchie will return to direct it), but hopefully, filmmakers find a creative way to update the lackluster plot line.