Robin Williams’ Will Prevents Disney Using His Voice In ‘Aladdin’ Sequels
Robin Williams stipulated in his will that recordings of his voice could not be used in future projects in the event of his death – which will have some major consequences for Disney‘s Aladdin sequels.
Robin Williams’ Will Stops Disney Using His Voice
Williams’ will makes it plain that Disney cannot use recordings of him voicing the Genie character in future installments of Aladdin. Since Williams recorded hours of lines in the character, many of which didn’t make it into the original 1991 film, there’s ample material for future projects. However, his will specifically requests that the recordings are not to be used.
“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 to the New York Post. “Now, because he insisted on a final say on such material, [the jokes] will remain in the vaults.”
Williams’ unheard jokes from Aladdin, as well as Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire, will remain unheard until 25 years after his death.
Williams committed suicide in August 2014. While depression was believed to be the cause of the actor’s suicide, his widow Susan Schneider has recently placed the blame on an undiagnosed case of Lewy Body dementia, the second most common type of dementia, following Alzheimer’s.
“My best friend was sinking, you know. It was what was going on inside of his brain, the chemical warfare,” Schneider said on Good Morning America earlier this month. “Lewy body dementia killed Robin. It’s what took his life.”