Director Jon Favreau Tells Jimmy Kimmel How He Used Virtual Reality To Shoot ‘The Lion King’

Disney’s new remake of “The Lion King” is a huge feat of special effects.

On Thursday, director Jon Favreau appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and shared how he filmed the photorealistic computer animated film with the help of virtual reality.

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It all started with scouting trips to see and photograph the African landscape for reference when creating the environments on their computers later.

“We took all of those digital files, brought them into VR, and created this multi-player VR film-making game,” Favreau explained. “All the crew put on headsets and they were able to walk around and look around the Pride Lands and watch the animated performances, and set cameras inside VR.”

He added that “it felt like we were making a live action film inside virtual reality.”

Kimmel also asked about getting Beyoncé to star in the film.

“When I heard she wanted to do it, that’s when I knew I was a made man at home,” Favreau said.

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Favreau also teased the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” he’s producing for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

“It’s about a bounty hunter. It’s after ‘Return of the Jedi’, so the Empire’s gone and all hell is breaking loose,” he said.

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