Well, it was probably only a matter of time, but no one can argue that this isn't a perfect fit.
We've known for years now that Disney is enjoying adapting their classic animated lineup into live-action adventures on the big screen. We also just saw how Jon Favreau's take on Disney's The Jungle Book was a global smash that demonstrated that the Iron Man director had become a master of fusing character, story, spectacle, and cutting edge special effects. So now it should come as no surprise that Disney has tapped Favreau to direct The Lion King.
Here's an excerpt from Disney's official press release on the matter:
"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. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.
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. 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."
This sounds like a slam dunk for everyone involved.
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