Disney has tasked Jeff Nathanson with penning the screenplay for the reimagined, live-action version of "The Lion King," Deadline reports. The screenwriter is no newbie. Nathanson's writing credits include several notable projects, such as "Catch Me If You Can," "The Terminal," and the "Rush Hour" films.
For all his skill, Nathanson is still taking on a challenging job. The original "Lion King" lives large in the hearts and minds of multiple generations, so the pressure is on not to disappoint. Luckily, it's not all on him. Jon Favreau is set to direct, and he previously impressed with his live-action version of another Disney animated classic, "The Jungle Book."
We're putting our faith in Nathanson to do a great job with the singing savanna crew. Hakuna matata, after all.
This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), the heir of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Simba's wicked uncle, Scar (Jeremy Irons), 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 (Matthew Broderick) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella). Read More