After bringing back “The Jungle Book” to life in a live-action movie, Walt Disney is about to release another animated classic of the 90s, “The Lion King”. Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie would be hitting the theatres this summer.
The Disney blockbuster “The Jungle Book” received an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2017. While it wasn’t yet finished, the plans of live-action “reimagining” of the 1994 animated film “The Lion King” came to light. It was after the release in 2016, when the studio confirmed the remaking of another animated movie.
The live-action version of both the Disney animations have been directed by Jon Favreau, who feels emotionally connected to the movies. For the upcoming classic, he said, “Working on it doesn’t make it any less emotional,” after leaving the scoring session of the movie.
Director Jon Favreau had acquired enough knowledge about motion capture technology during “The Jungle Book” project. As he was quite prepared to take up another big venture and had a team to collaborate with, he decided to work on “The Lion King” as well.
“I kind of lobbied for it,” Favreau said.
An army of people assisted in making the live-action version as legendary as the original movie. Film score composer Hans Zimmer and an orchestra assisted in recording the music for the films. As per the reports, James Earl Jones has recorded his lines for the character of Mufasa.
The cast also includes— Donald Grover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar.
While “The Lion King” would soon be releasing, the entire team is still working behind the scenes, giving finishing touches to the much-awaited movie that has been under-process from last three years.
The animated version of the Disney film opened in June 1994 and became a major hit. On records, it was the highest grossing film at the worldwide box office that year, a two-time Oscar winner for Zimmer’s score and the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, and a Broadway show that is a historical success and now the third-longest running.
Jon Favreau has also worked extensively on the music and scoring part with Hans Zimmer, in order to ensure that the that the emotion and nostalgia is maintained in the remake.
People who grew up with the original version will also be able to recognize certain tracks in the upcoming rendition, including “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “Hakuna Matata”, ”Be Prepared”, ”I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Circle of Life”, along with certain new ones.
“The Lion King” will be releasing on July 19 worldwide, while other major studios are fearing to go up against it. The makers of the live-action film are striving to not only make it special for the 90s’ kids, but also for the new generation that may experience and learn the story for the first time.
Jon Favreau said about the story that it’s not often told, is probably the most universal story of all times. The team has evidently put a lot of efforts in doing justice to one the greatest Disney movie that there are. As there is still time and work on the project is still not complete, the excitement amongst the people is also blistering.
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