Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, ‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters, Will Work On The Music For Disney’s ‘Aladdin’
Aladdin is Disney’s latest Live-Action project in the works, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and starring Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as The Genie and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.
Music is an important part of these Live-Action versions of the animated classics, and Disney knows it, so is no surprise to anyone that the studio has secured the pair who has been nominated for an Oscar two years in a row in the Category of Best Original Song.
We’re talking about Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, writers of soundtracks for La La Land, which earned them a nomination and a win for the song City of Stars, and for The Greatest Showman, earning a nomination for the song This is Me.
But they are not content with just one Oscar, as they revealed on the Red Carpet for the 90th Oscar, sharing that they have been tapped to work with Alan Menken to write lyrics for the upcoming Aladdin live-action reboot
“We got to collaborate with one of our heroes, Alan Menken, and we collaborated with him and wrote the lyrics for two new songs […] He’d be like, ‘Guys, let’s get to work,’ and we’d be like, ‘Another story, another story! […] We probably delayed work for several weeks just trying to be like, ‘Tell us about Ariel! Tell us about Ursula!’ […] We freaked out . . . and [are] really thrilled to be part of the Disney family, too.”
Menken is the well-known composer of classic Disney songs for movies like Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, and the original Aladdin, of course, so his inclusion in the upcoming score is not that unexpected.
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