Original Aladdin Screenwriter Lambasts Disney’s Live-Action Remake

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There was a whole lot of excitement when word came out that Disney was dropping the first teaser for its live-action remake of Aladdin last week. The upcoming film from Man from U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur; Legend of the Sword director Guy Ritchie is the latest installment in the Mickey Mouse House's slew of reboots, and Disney fans were excited to see Aladdin again on the big screen.

Unfortunately, fans were disappointed with the teaser trailer Disney released last Thursday, many commenting that the teaser felt short and unexciting. Fans aren't the only ones complaining though.

Terry Rossio, the screenwriter of the original 1992 Aladdin took to Twitter today to lambast Disney for its upcoming remake, saying that he wasn't in the least bit happy about the movie's teaser. According to the screenwriter, while the trailer used a line that he had written together with his "writing partner," the Mickey Mouse House offered "zero compensation to us (or to any screenwriters on any of these live-action remakes), not even a t-shirt or a pass to the park."

Check out the tweet down here:


According to Rossio, because the studio owned the content on the animated feature and because no one saw that Disney would be making a live-action remake, scriptwriters of the original films weren't offered proper contracts for compensation.

"Disney has been approached many times for some kind of compensation fee (I asked for a Disney pass) but they answered no, zilch, nada," Rossio wrote in a follow-up tweet.


Of course, while Disney might not see the benefit of paying again for a film they already own, the Mickey Mouse House could have offered compensation to the scriptwriters for reusing lines that were in the original movies. After all, the company is going to make money out of the script. Best they could do is compensate the writers for their creative output.

Aladdin premieres May 24, 2019.

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