Earlier today Walt Disney Studios confirmed that they are indeed teaming up with Jon Favreau for another live action film. This time… THE LION KING! Favreau directed this year’s successful live action version of THE JUNGLE BOOK, which was not only earned $965.8 million worldwide, but also is considered technologically groundbreaking!
While I certainly love the classic, I’ve greatly enjoyed Disney’s trend of re-imagining these classics, such as PETE’S DRAGON, CINDERELLA, and MALEFICENT, for a new generation. Up next is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Emma Watson as Belle. Like the other films, THE LION KING will included songs from the animated features.
For those who may be too young to remember 1994, or unfamiliar with the tale, THE LION KING is actually one of the most box office successful films of all time with a lifetime gross of $968.8 million. The film also won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and original score, AND also two Grammy Awards! Plus let’s not forget that it was later turned into a Broadway hit back in 1997, and is still going strong all these years later. Winning six Tony Awards, THE LION KING runs not only in NYC, but in 23 productions all over the world. And now we are getting a live action version!!! No release date has been set… yet.
Which live action Disney film are you most excited for?
This information can be confirmed by the Walt Disney Company.