Saturday 24 August 2019

Robin Williams' will refuses use of Genie voice recordings for Aladdin sequel

Genie in Aladdin
Genie in Aladdin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The late Robin Williams has scuppered Disney's plans for an Aladdin sequel - at least one using his voice for the Genie - by refusing use of his voice for another film.

Williams, who died by suicide in August last year at the age of 63, voiced the classic Disney character in the 1992 animated film.

The part was written specifically for the comedic actor.

However, his will states that producers cannot use his "name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death".

This is so that his family would not incur financial penalties from his posthumous earnings.

An unnamed, former Disney executive told The Sunday Times that there are enough outtakes to make a fourth Aladdin film, but that the clause in Williams will prevents their use.

"When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire was making 30 jokes a minute,” he said.

“Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, they will remain in the vaults."

Outtakes from the film do, however, feature in the recently released Blu-ray of Aladdin.

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