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THE LION KING: Jon Favreau to Direct Live-Action Version for Disney

Jon Favreau The Lion King Split

Jon Favreau Directing Live-Action The Lion King Film

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has tapped director Jon Favreau to direct a live-action version of The Lion King. This is following Favreau’s monster box office hit The Jungle Book. Favreau’s live-action version of The Jungle Book brought in $965.8 Million world-wide at the box office. Disney wants more of the same hence their move to have Jon Favreau bring his directorial magic to The Lion King.

Jon Favreau made the director’s announcement this morning via Twitter:

The animated version of The Lion King brought in $968.48 Million world-wide at the box office in 1994. Adjusted to account for inflation, The Lion King would have made over a billion dollars. That is Michael Bay / Transformers territory.

The Lion King:

  • Won two Oscars (Original Score and Song)
  • Was The Number 1 G-rated film in 1994
  • Has the highest theater average gross, adjusted for inflation, of all time
  • Has the The Number 1 highest theater average for an opening weekend

With these facts and Favreau’s recent success in mind, a marriage between the two (The Lion King and Favreau) was a no-brainer. The live-action version of The Lion King will follow the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.

On the background and production of The Lion King:

The Lion King…[was] the 32nd Disney animated feature film. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa, and was influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The film was produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance.

On the plotline of The Lion King:

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands; however, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible, and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with two wastrels, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.

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