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Would you Adam and Eve it? Yesterday (October 10) brought the surprising news that Guy Ritchie is in line to direct a new live-action version of Aladdin, and needless to say the internet ran with it.

Altogether now: “Guy can show you the world...”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director is currently in talks with Disney to bring its 1992 animated classic to life. That’s right: Real people playing The Genie and Jafar and Princess Jasmine.

It’s the latest of their animations to make the move into flesh and bone: The Jungle Book opened in theaters earlier this year, and next up is Beauty and the Beast (squee!), followed by Mulan in 2018, then The Lion King directed by Jungle Book director Jon Favreau. Basically, if you were a child, or you had a child, or even if you just once saw a child, at any point between the years 1990 and 2000, you are going to be more than a little excited right now.

That wasn’t what got social media buzzing, though. Twitter lit up because people found the choice of director, well, a little odd, especially given Disney’s promise of “an ambitious and non-traditional take” on the story of the street thief who finds a magic lamp.

There was jubilation:

Followed by a few reactions of typically Holmesian restraint:

Then out-and-out shock:

Before some started suggesting dialogue:

…though most of it was far too rude to include. Others had casting ideas:

What do you think of this choice of director?

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Filed Under: Aladdin, Guy Ritchie
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.