It’s rumored that there are hundreds of hours of unreleased material that Robin Williams performed in improv for the Genie in the original Aladdin film (and maybe even some from the third). And now we may never hear most of it. According to the Times of London, the exact wording of Williams’ will has “forbidden fresh exploitation of his name, taped performances or voice recordings for 25 years.” The language “fresh exploitation” refers to unreleased material, and is intended to prevent the release of anything he hadn’t approved personally.
This not only applies to Aladdin but to all other films and projects Williams worked on. Since that guy was usually making a thousand cracks a minute, that adds up to an unreleasable amount of golden material the size of the warehouse from “Raiders.” The silver lining in all this comes when it’s revealed what Disney execs were thinking of doing with all those goods: building a fourth Aladdin movie out of nothing but Zombie Williams recordings. Would you feel comfortable paying for such a thing?
It would appear that the new “Genie Outtakes” segment from the just-released Aladdin Blu-Ray violates the will, but it might’ve been released before this became public knowledge.
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