A few months back, ahead of the release of Disney's live-action/CGI remake of The Jungle Book, I wrote a list outlining the movies that, for whatever reason, I thought we'd never see the Mouse House remake. The biggest amongst them was The Lion King, a movie where the phrase "live-action" could only be used so loosely.
Well, don't I look a little silly now?
It looks like Disney can't wait to be box office king (sorry). As picked up by Den Of Geek, Jon Faverau tweeted out about his new project with a lion and a crown emoji. Given his success with Mowgli and co, it's not too hard to join the dots. This was reportedly deleted, then reposted while Disney released an official statement announcing the film, dubbing it a "reimagining" and stating it'll be featuring Elton John's original music. No word on whether it'll take anything from the stage musical, but given branding competition I'd say that's unlikely.
So yeah... a motion-capture Lion King is on the way. I don't know how to feel about this. Wiping the egg from my face, it's certainly an exciting prospect - Disney have this enterprise down after Cinderella, The Jungle Book and Pete's Dragon - but at the same there's a sense that taking on the studio's best movie will only lead to disappointment. I guess it's just the circle of cinematic life (sorry again), so for now we'll just have to say "Hakuna Matata" (so, so sorry) and wait and see.
What do you make of a live-action The Lion King? Share your thoughts down in the comments.