ByAayush Gupta, writer at
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Aayush Gupta

As Disney's critically acclaimed remakes of their animated classics continue to grace the screens — with Beauty and the Beast currently garnering immense praise — Disney is further planning to remake its other animated classics into live-action movies. Last week, it was announced that the live-action version of Dumbo will begin production in April this year (featuring Eva Green and Danny DeVito).

Last year, The Jungle Book left both fans and critics alike dumbfounded with its top notch VFX, and proved to be an excellent movie overall. Some time later, it was announced that director Jon Favreau, who also helmed The Jungle Book, would be in charge of bringing one of the most cherished animated movies of all time, The Lion King, to life.

'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]
'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]

Until now, there had not been any major news or rumors surrounding the movie, other than the fact that the movie had cast James Earl Jones to reprise his role as Simba's father, Mufasa. Jones originally voiced the character in the classical 1994 animated version of the movie, and was also the voice behind Darth Vader in the Star Wars trilogy. Joining him will be one of the latest additions in the Star Wars saga, Donald Glover, who will be lending his voice to bring adult Simba to life. Glover is set to feature as the fan-favorite Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo spin-off movie in 2018 as well.

According to sources, The Lion King will begin production in May 2017. The location for filming is reportedly set to be in Los Angeles, where Jon Favreau also filmed The Jungle Book. As for the storyline of the movie, the site reveals in initial synopsis, which is similar to the plot of the original animated classic:

Set in the African Savannah, the story told of a young lion named Simba who loses his father Mufasa thanks to his evil uncle Scar, and is cast out into far reaches of the wilderness. Years later, he returns to reclaim his throne.

Disney has hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson, who was also in charge of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and has previously worked on high-profile projects including Rush Hour 2 and 3, Catch Me If You Can, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]
'The Lion King' [Credit: Disney]

Picking Favreau as the director of this project was a great decision by , due to his handling of big budget projects such as Iron Man, and Iron Man 2. Furthermore, his handling of The Jungle Book makes him an excellent candidate, considering The Lion King will be set in a similar setting, and would require extensive amounts of motion capture and VFX to create realistic animals.

With The Jungle Book earning a whopping $966 million, and Beauty and the Beast on track for another grand collection for Disney, it's likely that we will be seeing more Disney live-action remakes down the line, with classics such as Mulan and Aladdin already rumored to be in the works.

Hopefully, The Lion King does not disappoint, and lives up to the legacy of the original animated classic. If you enjoyed reading this, check out my other articles and follow my page for more content! Leave any feedback or thoughts in the comments section below!


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