Guy Ritchie in talks to direct live-action Aladdin for Disney

Guy can show you the world.

Sherlock Holmes director could bring action, humour to updated Aladdin

British director Guy Ritchie, who helmed the action-packed Sherlock Holmes movies, is in talks to direct a live-action Aladdin for Disney. (Associated Press)

Guy can show you the world.

After success with live action adaptations of Cinderella and The Jungle Book, Disney is planning a live-action movie of Aladdin and is reportedly in talks with Britain's Guy Ritchie to direct.

The 1992 animated Aladdin brought  in $217 million US from the box office and won a best score Academy Award as well as the best song Oscar for A Whole New World. The Genie was voiced by a hyperkinetic Robin Williams.

Ritchie, who directed the two Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr. for Warner Bros., first came to widespread attention with humorous crime caper Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Dan Lin, CEO of Lin Pictures, produced the action-packed Sherlock films and Variety reports he wants Ritchie to direct Aladdin. Ritchie is said to be negotiating with Disney.

John August, who wrote Big Fish, is developing the live-action script,

The Middle Eastern folk tale of a young man granted three wishes by a genie when he releases him from a lamp has seen numerous movie incarnations, but none so successful as Disney's 1992 version.