September 28, 2016 at 7:28 am #1201928585
I’m really not sure how I feel about this. I understand why from a business perspective, since Disney has made a lot of money on other live action incarnations of stories they previously done as animated films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book). I guess also from a creative perspective, they’d like to see how they can tell the story using today’s technology.
But we already have the animated classic as well as its Broadway stage adaptation (which is an hour longer), so do we really need a live action re-telling of the former?
What are your thoughts on this?September 28, 2016 at 7:35 am #1201928588
The key name here is Jon Favreau. I’d be totally against this news if he wasn’t directing. But he did such a masterful job with The Jungle Book that I trust him with my third-favorite Disney movie. I hope the voice cast is as good as Jungle Book was as well. (Putting money right now that one of the “Stranger Things” kids is voicing young Simba/Nala)
And, at the end of the day, a remake doesn’t affect the original. Even if it’s not very good, we don’t have to watch it and we still have the classic animated film.September 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm #1201928857
Hmmm… I think this is a bit silly. I was fine with the Jungle Book being remade as that was based on classic source material, ripe for reinvention. And the 1967 Jungle Book lacked dramatic heft, so there was an opportunity there to create a very different tone in the remake from the original. The Lion King, however, is one of the most dramatic animated movies Disney has ever made, even to a fault (I find it gets a tad preachy sometimes, but that’s only a minor quibble). I’m just not sure what can be added story-wise that would justify a remake. A technological update isn’t enough in my opinion.September 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm #1201928870
Worst idea ever. Can they escape all the African cliches from all the Broadway shows?September 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm #1201928872
If you listen carefully, you can hear a little part of me die.September 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm #1201928881
The Jungle Book as an animated film did have some flaws, and as a result, I feel the live action remake was an improvement. The Lion King is such a masterpiece of a film that I don’t see how it can possibly be improved. I don’t see how you can top the voice work done in the film, particularly with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Jeremy Irons as Scar, Nathan Lane as Timon, and Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa. Nevertheless, Jon Favreau’s track record is more good than bad, so maybe that’s a good thing here?September 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm #1201928890
I don’t know if it’s meant to improve the film so much as reimagine it. It’s not going to change the original in any way. I’m all for it.September 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm #1201928893
Wretched idea. Just awful.September 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm #1201928926
I’m very conflicted on this issue. This is my favorite animated movie ever, and the very first movie I saw in theaters. Remakes usually are made to improve on the original film, and I don’t see what needs to be improved on. We’ve already got the Broadway play as an alternate telling of the story. Plus, since there are no humans in The Lion King, a live action version would be an animated film in all but name.
On the other hand, the fact that Jon Favreau is directing this is a big plus, with the great work he did on The Jungle Book and even Iron Man. He’s shown that he can adapt beloved properties successfully. Since the whole production will be almost 100% CGI, this means that Disney could get a lot of the old cast back to reprise their roles. I realize that, in all likelihood, different actors will be cast. However, they must bring back Jeremy Irons as Scar and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Nathan Lane (Timon), Ernie Sabella (Pumbaa), Rowan Atkinson (Zazu), and Matthew Broderick (older Simba) would also be welcome returnees.September 29, 2016 at 1:47 am #1201929136
^ Bringing back old cast members would make the whole endeavour even more pointless. If they’re going to go ahead with this remake, better to fully commit to it rather than make a CGI cast reunion.September 29, 2016 at 7:17 am #1201929169
Assuming that it’s a whole new cast but these would be my choices for some of the roles and why
Shenzi: Whoopi Goldberg (why not get her to do this again….she was perfect)
Mufasa: James Earl Jones (self explanatory
Scar: Benedict Cumberbatch (So Scar should be scary and menacing and I think this could be a great choice)
Timon: Nathan Lane (Why mess with perfection)
Pumbaa: Ernie Sabella (why mess with perfection)
Zazu: James Corden (Just think this would work so well)
Rafiki: Eddie Murphy (This would be awesome)
Sarabi: Viola Davis (Her voice is perfect for this role)September 29, 2016 at 9:25 am #1201929235
The Lion King is my favorite movie of all time. When Jungle Book scored big time at the box office, I knew this was going to happen. Unless they do the musical like Beauty and the Beast is doing, we don’t need this. It’s just going to be visual effects porn like Jungle Book was (I did not think it was all that amazing of a movie. The visuals, yes, were amazing. But not much else). But watching “realistic” animal lions might be a little wonky. At least the monkeys in Jungle Book can dance around a little. I disagree with that comment made about musical’s African cliches. I think that would make the movie more significant too if they included those as well. All I know is I really want to see the song Shadowlands included which is the best original song for the show and powerhouse ballad for Nala which she really doesn’t get in the original. I don’t know. I just don’t want a live action straight forward, maybe a little tease of song here and there, and not for kids scary action like Jungle Book was. Jungle Book never gave me a reason for it’s necessity to exist.February 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm #1202014516
Donald glover is on FIRE! I saw Glover on a THR newcomer round table with favereu as the host and I immediately thought that Glover would be in the Lion King. I am also suspecting Issa Rae will be cast in it, she was also in the round table, as she truly deserves a big hit.
This is amazing news. The Jungle Book was my favorite movie of 2016 so I have complete faith in Favereau. I’m also excited for James Earl Jones. I am so excited.
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