Don’t expect any Groucho Marx and Jack Nicholson impressions in this version: Adam Green’s Aladdin looks like a psychedelic pastiche of the old fairytale, Oingo Boingo’s Forbidden Zone, a dash of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and some modern cultural commentary. The synopsis states:
Set in the modern day world, Adam’s hyper-sensory, poetic and humorously subversive take on the classic Arabian Nights tale stars Adam as Aladdin living with his dysfunctional family in a “regular” American town ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter.
Along for the ride with the renowned singer/songwriter are Macaulay Culkin, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Zoë Kravitz, and many more, all adding to Green’s surreal vision of a modern fable filtered through H.R. Pufnstuf aesthetics. In addition to writing, directing, and starring in the film, Green will be releasing its soundtrack and going on tour to promote this unique cinematic experience.
Adam Green’s Aladdin will debut in US and Canada on April 15 and will be released worldwide on May 12.