Walt Disney announced the reboot of The Lion King.
The Lion King gets a remake soon. Walt Disney announced today that director Jon Favreau will lead the new reimagining of The Lion King. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking blockbuster The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.
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The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won Academy Awards for the original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Elton John, Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies.
The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.
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Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.