Hello, fellow moviegoers!
It seems like every other week I’m writing an article about some new live-action version of an animated classic Disney is putting into development. This week, I’ve decided to talk about probably one of my most anticipated, mainly for curiosity’s sake, of these films. That would be the upcoming remake of The Lion King, set for release in summer 2019.
When they first announced that they were making this film, I was extremely wary for two reasons. First, The Lion King is arguably the best animated film ever made. There’s really not a need for it to be remade. I mean, there’s no way they’re going to improve upon it. Right? The second reason would be that they were making it “Live-action”. Meaning that all of the animals and environments and everything would be real. Or at least, it would be animated to look like it was real. This gave me cause for hesitancy because if the animation isn’t perfect for this film, the whole thing could go downhill fast. The magic would be gone.
The thing that brought me some comfort with this announcement was the director they attached. Jon Favreau signed on to direct this film for Disney. Favreau is most well known for his works on the first two Iron Man movies (which he directed and played the character Happy). He also directed the critically acclaimed film Chef, and most recently he directed the live-action version of The Jungle Book for Disney. When I heard that, my tune about this project completely changed. I went from being really apprehensive to being legitimately excited.
Side note: if you haven’t seen the new Jungle Book film yet, you should definitely do that. It’s amazing. Anyway, picking Jon Favreau to direct this film was the smartest thing that Disney could’ve done. Not only is he a great director, but he also has his experience with The Jungle Book to draw from. The visual effects in The Jungle Book were marvelous, in every sense of the word. Not only were all of settings and backgrounds realistic, but the animals walking around were picture-perfect, and they made you believe these were real animals talking. If they can somehow improve on that technology a little bit, and make it last for an entire film than this new live-action Lion King could be a pinnacle of modern filmmaking.
My excitement for this film only increased when they started to announce the cast. Most recently, they confirmed that Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation, Billy on the Street) would be voicing Timon, and Seth Rogen (you know who Seth Rogen is) would be voicing Pumbaa. Both of which are, in my opinion, perfectly cast. For the lead role of Simba, Childish Gambino himself, Donald Glover, will be lending his voice talents. The most exciting addition to this cast is actually a returning voice. James Earl Jones has been confirmed to be returning to voice the character of Mufasa. Do I even need to explain why that’s amazing? You’ve all seen The Lion King. You know why that's great. The only thing that could make it better at this point is bringing back Jeremy Irons to voice Scar.
So, in general, I’m really looking forward to seeing this new adaptation of The Lion King. I’m really curious to see how these characters and this story translate into live-action. Though in reality, it won’t actually be live-action, it’ll be a realistic animation, which will be odd. But hey! If any studio could pull this off, it would be Disney. So, in Disney we trust, and I guess we’ll see.
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