Jon Favreau to Direct ‘Lion King’ Live-Action Remake

The Lion King Hans Zimmer Classic
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Having become king of the jungle, Jon Favreau is heading to the African Savannah.

Disney has tapped the filmmaker to oversee its upcoming live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Favreau already had success modernizing “The Jungle Book” for the studio. He’s also the director of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” Disney has been busy delving into its vaults, and modernizing classic animated fare like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” with flesh and blood actors, and, in the case of “The Jungle Book,” pixilated critters. Barring tremendous advances in lion taming, presumably real animals won’t be used in this one either. They’ll be of the digital variety.

“The Lion King” has already been turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical, that continues to draw crowds. The 1994 version was one of the studio’s most successful films, earning $968.8 million globally. The story centers on a young lion whose father and the king of his pride, is killed by his villainous uncle, who than usurps his throne. Disney will presumably keep the catchy music from the original film, with Tim Rice and Elton John songs such as “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” making an appearance.

Disney and Favreau are also developing a sequel to “The Jungle Book.” No release date has been set for either “The Lion King” or “The Jungle Book 2.”

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  1. Steve Martin says:

    “Having become king of the jungle, Jon Favreau is heading to the African Savannah.”
    Lions don’t live in jungles…

  2. Truthiness says:

    Oy, Variety…..get some better editors for online articles. Specifically, ones who know the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’

  3. filmgamer says:

    Am I missing something. How could this be a live action movie where all the characters are animals?

  4. Alex Meyer says:

    I’m fascinated to see what Jon Favreau will do with this, but I don’t see how he can improve upon the masterpiece that is the original. .

  5. Favreau, the most underrated director working today. Good for you.

  6. ed says:

    Live-action rebooting of the Disney animated classics continue… and the Favreau DISNEY Co. synergy also continues. First the MARVEL comics characters, now the cartoons proper.

    Wonder if this reboot will incorporate Julie Taylor’s puppets-and-masks stage version, with all the actors dressed up like that?

    Hakuna Matata?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know which classic animated Disney film to live-action reboot should be considered the most dumbest attempt in history: The Lion King or Bambi?

  8. Bas says:

    I am yet to watch The Jungle Book (2016) but please Disney I hope you make the best decision for The Lion King.

  9. Alex says:

    First 9/11. Now this… What have we done to deserve it?!

  10. Norma Desmond. says:

    Shailene Woodley for Simba and Anne Hathaway as the hyenas and I’m in!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Funny how there are no comments about people bitching about ‘no originality’ when it comes to Disney. The bias is very strong with this one.

  12. ConMan says:

    Um, since there are no human characters in ‘The Lion King’, is it safe to just call the film animated. The only way the whole film is not CGI is if the film is a straight adaptation of the Broadway musical.

  13. Mark says:

    Also–Zack Snyder is directing a live action remake of Bambi. He’ll be taking out all the color, humor, and entertainment and replacing it with no taste.

    • Ben says:

      This is pretty funny.

      Otherwise, yes, this is a terrible, childhood nostalgia ruining idea, which will no doubt make a lot of money, which still does not make it a good idea.

      • Brian Martin says:

        Nobody is ruining anyone’s nostalgia. The original movie will always exist and will never go away.

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