Jon Favreau is leaving the lush jungles of India for the majestic African Savanna. The Jungle Book director has been tapped to work his magic and bring the beloved Disney animated classic, The Lion King, to live-action life.
The decision isn’t too surprising given that the studio’s initiative to modernize their animated classics has been a successful venture. Favreau’s Jungle Book remake smashed box office records and earned critical raves earlier this year. A sequel to that film is already in the works.
“The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film,” the company said on their website.
I imagine The Lion King live-action remake will feature plenty of CGI since the original film featured no human characters. The so-called ‘live-action’ will be very minimal, no doubt. Still, the decision to remake it is a no-brainer. It’s one of the company’s most lucrative titles. It boasts a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won two Academy Awards and two Grammy Awards. In addition, the 1997 stage production won six Tony Awards, and is still drawing big crowds.
Can’t wait to see how, or if, Favreau incorporates Tim Rice and Elton John’s songs like “Hakuna Matata,” “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” Are you excited for a live-action Lion King? Sound off below.