Jon Favreau Will Direct a Remake of The Lion King

The powers that be at Disney must figure they have a good thing going with all these modern updates. The recent live-action retelling of The Jungle Book was a huge success, and next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast will almost certainly be a hit. Not only that, but we know that a sequel to The Jungle Book and a Disney-made live-action The Little Mermaid (as opposed to the non-Disney one, which is now looking for a new star) are set for the somewhat distant future. Well, add one more to the list — Disney has announced that Jon Favreau, director of The Jungle Book, will be working on a remake of The Lion King.

Disney announced the remake in a blog post yesterday. Like with Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, the remake will feature all of the music from the original, including the Elton John classics. But, Disney didn’t have too much else to say about it, which is a shame, because it has us wondering. Up until now, these live-action remakes have complemented CGI and voice acting with human actors and actresses. That’s not really possible with The Lion King, which doesn’t have any room for the latter.

Does that mean that this new version of The Lion King will be completely animated, just using realistic CGI instead of the cartoon style of the original? Seems like the only thing they could do, which makes us a little skeptical about the project. Then again, that’s pretty much what they did with The Jungle Book aside from Mowgli, and that worked out pretty well. Bringing Favreau on so he can use what he learned while making The Jungle Book seems like a smart move, in that respect.

Disney doesn’t have release dates for any of these upcoming movies outside of Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. We’d like to think The Lion King could come in 2019 for the original’s 25th anniversary, but that seems a little too rushed considering all the other projects Disney has going (and that are presumably farther along). Until we hear more, we’ll have to ponder the mystery of how one goes about making a realistic-looking warthog and meerkat appear to sing “Hakuna Matata.”

Via Techno Buffalo

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