As many of us know by now, the circle of life is bringing us a new "Lion King" movie. That project has taken a big step forward now that its writer has been found.

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.

[via: Deadline]