Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Film in the Works
The Lion King is getting the live-action treatment.
Walt Disney Studios announced today that the 1994 animated film will be turned into a live-action movie by director Jon Favreau.
Favreau is also responsible for the wildly popular live-action version of The Jungle Book.
“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,” Disney said in a statement. “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.”
No word on who execs are eyeing for the live-action roles, but hint, hine there is no Lion King without James Earl Jones.