Favreau just had success with "The Jungle Book," and now Disney has announced the director is taking on "a new reimagining" of "The Lion King." According to Collider, the new film will feature songs from the 1994 blockbuster, but it's not clear what else will be changed or retained.
Excited for my next project ????????
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) September 28, 2016
So that makes "The Lion King" the latest in Disney's series of live-action remakes, including "Maleficent," "Cinderella," "The Jungle Book," and -- next year -- the highly anticipated "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson.
Disney reportedly has several other live-action reimaginings in development, including "Dumbo," "Mulan," "Aladdin," "Peter Pan," "Cruella," "The Sword in the stone," and "Tinker Bell."
It's hard to know how to feel about this. Was anyone begging for a live-action version of "The Lion King"? Probably not. Then again, Jon Favreau has a good track record of not messing with our childhood memories, and only helping to create new cherished memories for cynical adults and their kids, so ... let's stay cautiously optimistic?
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This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of his father, Mufasa (Ernie Sabella). Simba's wicked uncle, Scar (Rowan Atkinson), plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (Jeremy Irons) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Pumbaa (Cheech Marin). Read More