Close  

Disney to produce ‘Lion King’ remake

/ 12:51 PM September 29, 2016

Disney fans will soon jam to the beat of “Hakuna Matata” with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa all over again.

The entertainment company is all set to create a live-action remake of its 1994 classic, “The Lion King” as it announced Wednesday it is once again collaborating with Jon Favreau, the brilliant filmmaker who brought a live-action film of “The Jungle Book” to theaters this year.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book,” Disney wrote on its website.

BACKSTORY: Lion King best-selling production of all time

Also, The Lion King will revive its tracks from the animated film, including “Hakuna Matata,” “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and the film’s theme song, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, which scored “Best Original Song” at the 1995 Academy Awards. All of these songs were penned by Sir Elton John, Sir Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer.

On Wednesday, Favreau posted a teaser for his next project on Twitter and Instagram.

View this post on Instagram

Excited for my next project

A post shared by Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on

ADVERTISEMENT

https://twitter.com/Jon_Favreau/status/781118520318828550?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Aside from a much-awaited remake of Lion King, Disney and Favreau are teaming up for a sequel to “The Jungle Book.” On the other hand, a live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is being developed, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

https://twitter.com/Jon_Favreau/status/781118520318828550

https://twitter.com/Jon_Favreau/status/781118520318828550?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Lion King is the top-grossing animated movie of all time with $968.8 million (P46 billion) in global revenues, including $422.8 million (P20.3 billion) made in the US. The film’s soundtrack has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and its theatrical revival won six Tony awards.

ADVERTISEMENT

The plot tackles the life of Simba, an orphaned lion who lived in exile after his father, King Mufasa, was murdered by Simba’s Uncle Scar. Upon growing up, Simba returns to his father’s kingdom at the Pride Lands, ceases Scar’s atrocious reign, and reclaims his throne.

Favreau and Disney have not planned the film’s release date, and casting is yet to be announced.  Gianna Francesca Catolico

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: “The Lion King”, Disney, Jon Favreau, The Jungle Book
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.