After finding success with the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are reteaming to bring a live-action version of THE LION KING to the big screen. The project is being fast-tracked for production though no dates have been released.
The story follows lion cub and future king, Simba, has he searches for his place in the world following the death of his father, King Mufasa. The original animated film featured Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the voices of Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. It was also adapted into a Broadway musical which won six Tony Awards and continues to be one of the most popular shows around the world.
Like the upcoming Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book, the new version of The Lion King will include songs from the animated version.
Disney has done very well with their recent adaptations of animated hits. Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book were all box office hits.
Favreau, who makes an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, is currently executive producing and directing the pilot of Orville for Fox. He is also an executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War.
He is repped by CAA.
Emily J | Staff Writer