There was potentially a whole new animated world for Aladdin fans to supplement Disney's planned live-action prequel, but Robin Williams' Last Will and Testament has prevented it from becoming a reality for at least two decades.
A former Disney executive has spoken out to the NY Post and explained that the comedy legend recorded so much material for Genie back in 1992 that the they were considering using the discarded material to create another Aladdin movie, but the plans were put on ice when they learned that Williams put a provision in his will that ban them from using his "name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years after his death."
Williams recording for Genie
The executive, who chose to remain unnamed, was confident that enough material had been left on the cutting room floor to be stitched together into another movie, he explained:
"When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ was making 30 jokes a minute. Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, [the jokes] will remain in the vaults.”
The provision has been made to protect Williams' family from being forced to pay potentially enormous taxes on his posthumous earnings, but it was probably also made for the late comedy great's own piece of mind.
After all, the gags could be sewn together in so many different ways that they might not end up being a fitting legacy for the late star, and there would be no way for Williams to have known the quality of the film project using his voice and name.
That being said, it's still pretty sad that we won't be able to hear all of the hilarious wise cracks that were made in the recording booth that gave us legendary scenes like the one below: