Thursday, September 29, 2016
Disney and Jon Favreau 'Reimagining' The Lion King
Noticeably (despite what you may read elsewhere) neither Disney or Favreau are describing this film as 'live-action'. In interviews Favreau was not shy in admitting that his Jungle Book was pretty much an animated film, with Mowgli being the only truly live-action element in the film. In this case-assuming that the remake is faithful to the source -the cast will feature no human characters at all. The new Lion King will therefore be a straight-up animated film. Just one that will use the latest CGI technology to bring it to life.
Other details are pretty thin on the ground, but it has been confirmed that it will feature songs from the original. It's also quite likely that the new film will also be influenced in some way by the hugely successful stage adaptation of the film, which has gone on to become a phenomenon in its own right.
Favreau has also signed up to a sequel to the Jungle Book, so we're not quite sure which will hit screens first. The film is being "fast-tracked", but no release date has been announced yet.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited or have the Mouse House gone too far this time? Let us know in the comments or via our social media channels!
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.