Aladdin made Disney a shit-ton of money. By that I mean a billion dollars worldwide. One movie. And yet, Aladdin himself, Mena Massoud, said that he couldn’t even get one audition after playing the street-rat with a heart of gold who finds a genie in a lamp and saves Princess Jasmine from marrying a sociopathic wizard. Well, the main character of Aladdin may not be able to get work anywhere, but one of the smaller characters in the movie is getting his own spin-off. Yes, the character of Prince Anders, played by Billy Magnussen, is getting his own show on streaming service Disney+.
Prince Anders was from the fictional kingdom of Skanland and was a potential suitor for Jasmine. His “mix of goofiness and haughty idiocy” apparently won people over. Billy Magnussen pitched the idea to Disney and there’s already two writers on it, Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme, but the project is still in early stages.
That Disney+ is already killing it with 10 million people subscribing to catch up on Lizzie McGuire , so this spin-off could mean big business for Prince Anders. It’s also being produced by the guys who did the movie, but it’s not related to the sequel. And there is going to be a sequel at some point. So Mena will get another Disney check one day.
Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for more spin-offs on the way from Hollywood. The spin-off of Mulan featuring the one caucasian guy she rode a horse past in that one scene. And the spin-off of Queen & Slim about a white guy who sat behind them in the scene at the diner. And in a twist: the sequel to Black Panther will be all about that one white guy.