From the recent releases of Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Pete’s Dragon, to the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Disney is moving full speed ahead on a seeming quest to produce live-action remakes of all of its biggest animated classics. Not that this is in any way a bad thing, as Cinderella, Jungle, and Pete’s Dragon have all been met by terrific reviews, and profit margins ranging from good to amazing.
The biggest hit of the live-action Disney remakes so far is definitely Jungle Book, which sits at a lofty 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and has hauled in nearly one billion dollars on a budget of $175 million. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Disney has officially opted to entrust Jungle Book director Jon Favreau with the duty of remaking arguably its most treasured animated property of all-time: 1994’s The Lion King. Disney has also confirmed that a sequel to Jungle Book is in development, with Favreau still at the helm.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this needs an introduction to The Lion King, which won Oscars for its music and itself has a lifetime box office gross of nearly a billion dollars. The film also spawned an incredibly successful Broadway show, which has now been running for nearly two decades. Lovers of the classic Elton John-created songs can rest easy, as Disney and Favreau plan to include them in this new live-action take on the material.
Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King has no current release date.