Aladdin - Alan Menken press junket
Paris, Le Bristol, May 08 2019
photos : Boris Colletier

Alan Irwin Menken is an American musical theatre and film score composer, songwriter and pianist. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010), and Sausage Party (2016), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009).

Menken has collaborated with such lyricists as Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel. With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Score and Best Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in the music categories after Alfred Newman, who has 9 Oscars. He has also won 11 Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and other honors.

Aladdin is an upcoming American musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie, from the screenplay co-written with John August and Vanessa Taylor, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, which is in turn based on the Arab-style folktale of the same name from One Thousand and One Nights and the French interpretation by Antoine Galland. The film stars Mena Massoud as the title character alongside Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar. In October 2016, Disney announced Guy Ritchie would direct a live-action Aladdin remake. Smith was the first member of the cast to join, signing on to voice Genie in July 2017, and later that month Massoud and Scott were confirmed for the two lead roles. Principal photography began that September at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, also filming in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, and lasted until January 2018. Aladdin is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 24, 2019.

Synopsis :
A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name.

Directed by Guy Ritchie
Produced by Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich
Screenplay by John August, Guy Ritchie, Vanessa Taylor
Based on Disney's Aladdin by Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights (Les mille et une nuits) by Antoine Galland
Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar
Music by Alan Menken
Cinematography : Alan Stewart
Edited by James Herbert
Production company : Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback, Marc Platt Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date : May 24, 2019 (United States)

(Source : Wikipedia)
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