Robin Williams’ Will Prevents Disney From Using His Genie Voice in Future Aladdin Movies

Robin Williams
Robin Williams' will reportedly prevents Disney from using his voice in any future Aladdin movies  Ethan Miller/Getty Images


His Genie wish. Robin Williams‘ will prevents Disney from using his Genie voice in any future Aladdin movies, the Times of London reported on Monday, Nov. 9. All of his original 1991 recording sessions as the Genie cannot be used, and will remain on the cutting room floor.

The latest development, if true, will halt Disney’s upcoming live-action prequel about the beloved character — or just not feature the late star’s voice. As previously reported, the company was working on a live-action prequel titled Genies, which would reveal how the Genie first got locked in the golden lamp.

Williams’ other famous roles also can’t be tampered with. According to the report, unused tapings from his work in 1987’s Good Morning, Vietnam and 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire are similarly off limits. (Last January, it was revealed that a Mrs. Doubtfire musical is headed for Broadway with the help of Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.)

Genie in Aladdin
Robin Williams voicing Genie in Aladdin Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection

“When he was on form, the hyperactive motormouth we love from Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire was making 30 jokes a minute,” an unidentified executive said in a statement, via the New York Post. “Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, [the jokes] will remain in the vaults.”

Earlier this month, Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, opened up about the actor’s August 2014 suicide in an emotional interview with Good Morning America. She claimed that the 63-year-old wasn’t suicidal, but instead harmed himself because he had Lewy body dementia, which causes a decline in mental abilities and is the second most common form of dementia following Alzheimer’s disease.

“My best friend was sinking, you know,” Schneider said on Nov. 3. “It was what was going on inside of his brain, the chemical warfare. Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It’s what took his life.”

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