Bad News Disney fans! There will be no new ‘Aladdin’ films featuring the voice of the late Robin Williams. Even though there is still plenty of unused material by the late performer in his Genie character, his will states the outtakes will remain on the cutting room floor. Sadness!
The late Robin Williams‘ voice will not be able to be used for a fourth Aladdin movie, even though he left plenty of unreleased material in the can as the beloved Genie character prior to his Aug. 2014 suicide at age 63. That’s bad news for Disney, who could have had enough vocal work to keep his fans happy with a new film in the Aladdin franchise. Read on for why we’ll sadly not get to hear the beloved comedian’s brilliant unused work.
Robin’s will prevents Disney from using his Genie voice in any future Aladdin movies, the Times of London reported on Nov. 9. According to the paper, the late comedian “has forbidden fresh exploitation of his name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years,” per his final wishes. That means all of his original 1991 recording sessions as the Genie cannot be used, and thus Disney has been forced to abandon plans for another installment of the beloved animated film.
“When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning Vietnam, Hook, Dead Poets Society and Mrs Doubtfire, was making 30 jokes a minute” the Times quotes a former Disney executive. “Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, (the jokes) will remain in the vaults.” What terrible news for his millions of fans!
At least his Aladdin fans got one last treat on Oct. 10 when Disney re-released the animated movie to celebrate its 23rd anniversary. The new Aladdin: Diamond Edition had the added bonus of some behind-the-scenes footage, including never-before-seen clips of Robin in the recording studio playing the beloved Genie. At least his fans will always have that wonderful image to remember him by.
HollywoodLifers, are you disappointed that Robin’s will stipulation means no more Aladdin movies? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
— Beth Shilliday