It’s the Circle of Life and it really does rule us all, especially big budget Hollywood studios like Disney. In the wake of a string of successful live-action adaptations like Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016), the studio has set their sights on one of the biggest properties of the bunch. That’s right, brace yourselves nineties babies, because the beloved animation The Lion King (1994) is officially headed for a remake. Releasing a statement on the matter today, the House of Mouse said they will be turning, once again, to acclaimed director Jon Favreau to spearhead the project, labelling it a ‘re-imaging’ that will retain its musical elements and be fast tracked into production over the next few years.
Favreau also confirmed the news in a mysterious Twitter message shortly before the statement dropped, declaring he was ‘very excited for his next project’ alongside some rather appropriate Lion King emoji’s. The choice of Favreau is arguably a no-brainer for the studio, with his previous work netting them close to a billion dollars at the box office and a critically acclaimed general consensus from critics. The director managed to create incredibly photo-realistic animals as part of his last project too, which definitely would have added to the appeal.
However it is important to remember that this time round he won’t have a human character to lean on, so it could prove dangerous territory to try and adapt. Outside of the directing news very little has been revealed yet, with production in its early stages, so there’s no point jumping to conclusions just yet. Stay tuned for more details as they come to light.
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