Disney and Jon Favreau are teaming on a new ‘re-imagining’ of the hit classic The Lion King. The film is being fast-tracked to production, although no dates have been revealed yet.
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Released in 1994, The Lion King is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time at $968.8M.It won Academy and Grammy awards for Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and Hans Zimmer’s original score. Its spinoffs include a hit Broadway musical, an animated sequel and prequel and two animated tv series, one featuring the sidekicks who stole the show, meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa.
Jon Favreau’s live-action remake Disney’s The Jungle Book was so successful the sequel was announced before the film hit theatres. There are no human characters in The Lion King, so there is some talk it won’t translate well to screen. It is one of the most beloved Disney films of all time so any remakes are bound to attract controversy. However, The Jungle Book looked amazing, so there’s no reason why The Lion King wouldn’t work in CGI. And Disney have promised that songs from the original movie will be included.