Jon Favreau to Helm Live Action ‘The Lion King’ Remake

Matthew Loffhagen
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Disney’s continued reimagining of its classic animated movie collection is set to continue, as the studio behind Cinderella and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake sets its sights on another beloved children’s movie.

This time around, it’s the turn of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King, which sees a young would-be ruler facing off against his uncle after the death of his father, in classic Shakespearean style.

Helming the project will be Jon Favreau, the director behind Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens, and, most relevantly, the recent live action adaptation of The Jungle Book.


Unlike The Jungle Book, the new movie will not feature a human character at its core, and as such it’s a bit of a stretch to call the new Lion King film a live-action adventure. Instead, characters like Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumba will be recreated using state of the art computer graphics.

Unlike with The Jungle Book, all of the original actors that voiced these characters are both still alive and still occaisionally contributing their vocal talents to Lion King stories in other media, so it remains to be seen whether actors like Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons will be brought back for the new remake.

In all honesty, it would be difficult to imagine anyone other than James Earl Jones providing the voice of Mufasa, so here’s hoping Jon Favreau’s vision of the new movie doesn’t deviate too much from what we’re already familiar with.

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