Obviously, this makes sense. Disney has been having phenomenal success turning their classic animated movies into live-action treats – from Cinderella to The Jungle Book – and now they have officially announced they are bringing a live-action The Lion King to the big screen.
The Mouse House made the announcement on Wednesday, and tapped Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau as the visionary behind the Lion King reimagining of the 1994 blockbuster. No word yet on casting or release date, but it will include many of the Lion King songs.
The Lion King boasts a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically. It won two Academy Awards and two Grammy Awards, and in 1997, a stage production made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards.
Disney shows no signs of stopping the trend, either. We’ve got Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, being released in March 2017. Others in development or production include 101 Dalmatians, Dumbo, Mulan, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, The Sword in the Stone and Winnie the Pooh.0