Jon Favreau to Direct Live-Action 'The Lion King'
It was only a matter of time before this happened. With all of the Disney live-action remakes lately, you had better believe the massively-successful The Lion King would get the same treatment. Despite how sacred you hold the film to your heart; I think they might have picked the best possible man for the job.
Disney confirmed that Jon Favreau, director of The Jungle Book and Iron Man will be bringing the Disney classic to the big screen with a new coat of paint. I don't know what this means for the supposed The Jungle Book 2 that he's signed on to direct, but either way, it looks like Favreau is going to be in the Disney game for quite some time. I feel like after The Jungle Book brought in nearly one billion dollars, Disney jumped on the opportunity immediately. It makes sense though; The Jungle Book has the best and most realistic talking animals I've ever seen.
I do question the notion of calling this a live-action remake though. What in this film is going to be live-action? The only live-action aspect of The Jungle Book was Mowgli; even the entire jungle surrounding him was CGI. The Lion King is made up of all animals and I'd imagine the East African setting will be conceived digitally as well. So when you think about it, it's well, still kind of an animated film. Either way, I'm very curious to see how they pull off the characters and whether Farvreau tries to liken their appearances to that of the original film or make them look like straight-up lions that can somehow talk. We'll see.
With Disney on fire with their live-action remakes, I'm inclined to believe that this will be good, but anything can happen, especially when you're dealing with one of the best animated films ever made. I'm nervous but all-together optimistic about this one.