BURBANK, Calif. – The king will return.
Disney is remaking its beloved 1994 animated film “The Lion King” as a live-action movie. The company announced the new project on its website Wednesday.
“We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of ‘The Lion King’ on the fast track to production,” a release from the company stated.
Favreau — a Hollywood staple since he wrote and co-starred in the 1996 cult hit “Swingers” — has directed a trio of massive box-office hits under the Disney umbrella. Favreau’s films “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2” and 2016’s “The Jungle Book” made a combined $2.1 billion worldwide.
With a live-action “reimagining” of “The Lion King,” Disney is continuing a trend of revisiting its animated classics. In addition to “The Jungle Book,” the studio has remade “Cinderella” and has also revisited “Sleeping Beauty” with the 2014 live-action movie “Maleficent.”
A remake of 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” is set for release in March 2017.
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