The don’t call it the “Circle of Life” for nothing.
Simba will live again on the big screen in a new live-action version of “The Lion King”. On Wednesday, Disney announced the 1994 feature will become the latest of their animated properties to get the live-action treatment. Hot off the blockbuster and critical success of the live-action remake of “The Jungle Book”, director Jon Favreau has been tapped to usher a live-action Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and Scar to theatres.
The original animated film grossed over $968 million at the box office and earned two Oscars including one for Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and spawned the hit Broadway musical that has now been going strong for 19 years.
“The Lion King” joins the line of live-action remakes of Disney properties including “Cinderella”, “The Jungle Book”, “Pete’s Dragon” and the upcoming “Beauty And The Beast”.
Favreau is currently at work on a sequel to “The Jungle Book”. No release date has been set for “The Lion King” remake.