Thursday, September 29, 2016

Disney Confirms 'Live Action' Remake of The Lion King Featuring Elton John Songs

Disney confirmed Wednesday morning that a remake of the beloved 1994 animated classic The Lion King is on the way. However, before you call that a blasphemous decision, it is important to note that it is being directed by the same filmmaker who turned a remake of The Jungle Book into a success.

Here is what we know about the project so far.

Jon Favreau, who directed this summer’s The Jungle Book, confirmed on Twitter that The Lion King will be his next project. He also posted the above image on Isntagram, adding, “Excited for my next project.”

Disney later confirmed the news in a press release, boasting about the success of Favreau’s The Jungle Book remake. That film earned critical acclaim upon its April release and earned $965.8 million worldwide.

The press release also notes that Disney and Favreau are developing a Jungle Book 2.

According to the press release, the new Lion King film, which the studio is calling a “reimagnining” instead of a “remake,” will include the beloved songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the original film.

John and Rice won an Oscar for the song “Can you Feel The Love Tonight” and were also nominated for “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.” Hans Zimmer won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

The Lion King is still one of the most high-profile Disney projects and grossed #968.4 million worldwide since its original release. Domestically, the film has earned $422.7 million.

Since 1994, the film has been re-released twice. In 2002, the film’s IMAX run earned $15.7 million. A 2011 3D release earned $94.2 million.

Disney is also airing a spin-off series called The Lion Guard. The studio also produced a Timon and Pumba TV series, as well as three direct-to-video follow-up films.

- Heavy

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