The Walt Disney Company confirmed early this morning that they will be rebooting yet another one of their most beloved classics. For better or for worse, Disney has its sights set on remaking some of their most iconic films spanning the company’s lifetime.
Following the success of The Jungle Book earlier this year with its groundbreaking use of special effects and a worldwide box office gross of over $960 million, Disney has once again partnered with director Jon Favreau and this time to remake a live-action adaptation of The Lion King.
The Lion King is a 1994 Disney animated feature directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. It was the highest grossing animated film for 16 years until it was surpassed by Toy Story 3 in 2010. It is also considered as one of the pinnacles of Disney’s animated movies and the culmination of the successful turnaround the studio undertook after spending much of the 1970s and 1980s in the doldrums.
The new take would not be a live action, per se, but will definitely look it. Favreau will continue with what he did with The Jungle Book – using a real life actor and bringing to life the jungle via groundbreaking technology and a green screen set in a studio.
Disney has been slowly re-imagining many of its animated classics into live-action films with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book is already seen by contemporary audiences with massive box office success.
According to Forbes, the company has already had a line up of live action remakes of Dumbo (coming soon from Tim Burton), Beauty and the Beast (coming soon from Bill Condon), Winnie the Pooh (coming soon from Alex Ross), as well as a planned reboot of Mulan and the upcoming Peter Pan and Pete’s Dragon movies.
Disney has not yet announced the release date or casting information on The Lion King, but the big question moving forward is what exactly a live action The Lion King will look like and how successful it can be pulled off.
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