Jon Favreau is still riding a success high from Disney‘s re-imaginating of The Jungle Book. So much so, that Disney is letting him tackle The Lion King.
Disney writes in a press release, “The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast.”
Further, Disney also confirms that The Lion King will include songs from the original animated film from 1994. There’s no release date planned yet, but the movie is reportedly being moved up the schedule.
Considering that all of the Disney re-dos have been live-action, one would presume the new The Lion King will fall along the same vein. Only, it’d be tough to consider it “live-action.” Favreau preferred not to work with real animals in The Jungle Book because it’s easier and safer to work with performers and puppets that he can later turn into CG characters. Presumably, the director will take a similar route with The Lion King. So, really, this would be live-action in the sense that they’ll film inside an elaborate soundstage with CG heavy, talking animals.
Incidentally, Favreau and Disney are also working on a sequel to The Jungle Book.