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Jon Favreau will bring The Lion King to life with live-action treatment

09.28.2016

The first movie I ever remember loving is THE LION KING. As a child I gravitated to, well, everything. You could say loving that movie is what got me here. Now, in an appropriate example of the Circle of Life, I have lived long enough to report to you that along with CINDERELLA, JUNGLE BOOK and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LION KING will be the next movie to get the live-action treatment.

Walt Disney Studios confirmed that the movie will get the live-action(ish) treatment courtesy of Jon Favreau (THE JUNGLE BOOK). News is Favreau will probably be directing, and will most likely use the amazing visual effects he did on THE JUNGLE BOOK to make everything look as stunningly realistic as possible (as the movie contains no human characters). But the only other news we have is that the movie is being "fast tracked into production" and will have songs from the original animated movie, which already means it will be stupendous.

I can say, in my most humble opinion, that THE LION KING is the greatest animated movie ever made. Of course, I may be biased given what I said in the intro, but still. Accounting for the re-release a few years ago KING is the highest grossing hand-drawn animated movie of all time, and is only out-ranked by SHREK 2 and FINDING DORY on the all-time animated domestic list. So maybe I'm not being biased, because clearly everyone loves this beautiful f@cking movie. Don't ruin my childhood, Favreau!

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12:49PM on 09/29/2016
I'm as curious as I'm 'afraid' about this news !
How will they do it ? The Jungle Book way ? Then it's a photorealistic CGI animated movie, with CGI characters on CGI background... Aside from the financially point of view (and, as Leadhand83 wrote, the 'no, we're not remaking/rebooting are film' BS), I don't see the point. Beside, some famous and beloved parts of the original would look ridiculous, or R-Rated potential, in 'so called-Live'.
OR, will they do it the (much underrated) Disney's
I'm as curious as I'm 'afraid' about this news !
How will they do it ? The Jungle Book way ? Then it's a photorealistic CGI animated movie, with CGI characters on CGI background... Aside from the financially point of view (and, as Leadhand83 wrote, the 'no, we're not remaking/rebooting are film' BS), I don't see the point. Beside, some famous and beloved parts of the original would look ridiculous, or R-Rated potential, in 'so called-Live'.
OR, will they do it the (much underrated) Disney's Dinosaur way ? Then it's photorealistic CGI animals on real backgrounds, and... Well, the issues are the same, actually, aside from the background !
Still, I can't help but being curious and wanting to see it. The Jungle Book (2016) was such a good surprise for me... I think the real make or brake, for me, will be how good Beauty And The Beast will be.
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10:36AM on 09/29/2016
Making it "live action", is Disney's answer to not actually making all their classics, reboots.
Making it "live action", is Disney's answer to not actually making all their classics, reboots.
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11:42PM on 09/28/2016
I am now 35 and still emotionally scarred by the death of Mufasa. I don't need to see it again in live action.
I am now 35 and still emotionally scarred by the death of Mufasa. I don't need to see it again in live action.
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10:09PM on 09/28/2016
I'll admit I don't really see the point of this as live action with no human actors and only CGI animals, BUT I do not get the issues Spraragen and others have with the Jungle Book. You think the CGI looked cheap? Please name a movie that used CGI that had more photo-realistic animals (other than maybe the new Planet of the Apes movies). Disney partnered with multiple companies to develop this tech and make this look as good as it did, including WETA. You also say the movie sucked but it's
I'll admit I don't really see the point of this as live action with no human actors and only CGI animals, BUT I do not get the issues Spraragen and others have with the Jungle Book. You think the CGI looked cheap? Please name a movie that used CGI that had more photo-realistic animals (other than maybe the new Planet of the Apes movies). Disney partnered with multiple companies to develop this tech and make this look as good as it did, including WETA. You also say the movie sucked but it's got a 95% Rotten Tomato score with an 88% audience approval and a 77 metacritic score with a 7.5 user score. Then you say they are just making cheap reboots but the cost of Jungle Book was $175 million, not cheap by any standard and grossed over $965 million. Other notable CGI heavy movies of 2016: Warcraft (cost to make $160 million), TMNT OOTS ($135 million), Legend of Tarzan($180 million). So to conclude you are wrong, you are wrong, you are wrong.Thanks for listening.
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7:16AM on 09/29/2016
"Please name a movie that used CGI that had more photo-realistic animals (other than maybe the new Planet of the Apes movies)."

How about The Life of Pi? If I remember correctly a real tiger was used for just 5% of the shots while the rest was CGI along with the other animals depicted.
That movie won an Oscar for visual FX and somehow the company behind them went bust. Sad story.
"Please name a movie that used CGI that had more photo-realistic animals (other than maybe the new Planet of the Apes movies)."

How about The Life of Pi? If I remember correctly a real tiger was used for just 5% of the shots while the rest was CGI along with the other animals depicted.
That movie won an Oscar for visual FX and somehow the company behind them went bust. Sad story.
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7:40PM on 09/28/2016
I went in to see Jungle Book with low expectations but I was blown away at how good it was. I was blown away by how great a director he has become.

Now I will go in to see The Lion King with unreasonably high expectations.
I went in to see Jungle Book with low expectations but I was blown away at how good it was. I was blown away by how great a director he has become.

Now I will go in to see The Lion King with unreasonably high expectations.
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7:31PM on 09/28/2016
I knew Disney would be remaking a lot of films, but didn't think Lion King would be one of them. I really like The Jungle Book, but somehow it still lacks the special magic that only an animated film can give. It's a shame that Disney is content with milking as much money from Star Wars, Marvel, and their animated films instead of more original films (aside from Pixar and Disney's Animation dept).
I knew Disney would be remaking a lot of films, but didn't think Lion King would be one of them. I really like The Jungle Book, but somehow it still lacks the special magic that only an animated film can give. It's a shame that Disney is content with milking as much money from Star Wars, Marvel, and their animated films instead of more original films (aside from Pixar and Disney's Animation dept).
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6:41PM on 09/28/2016

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Geez what are they gonna do next? Make a live action Fern Gully?... Oh wait
Geez what are they gonna do next? Make a live action Fern Gully?... Oh wait
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5:31PM on 09/28/2016

live action??????????

can some one tell me how a movie that will lets face it be entirely computer generated be classed as a live action movie, when it is an animated movie?
can some one tell me how a movie that will lets face it be entirely computer generated be classed as a live action movie, when it is an animated movie?
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5:29PM on 09/28/2016

BRING BACK JEREMY IRONS.

It's inevitable, so Favreau being onboard at least steers it right. Everyones gonna go see it. Redundant as hell but it'll be a fun time at the movies.
It's inevitable, so Favreau being onboard at least steers it right. Everyones gonna go see it. Redundant as hell but it'll be a fun time at the movies.
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5:04PM on 09/28/2016
Paging Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Paging Jonathan Taylor Thomas
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2:46PM on 09/28/2016
So... live action Lady and the Tramp next? Or maybe Fox and the hound?
So... live action Lady and the Tramp next? Or maybe Fox and the hound?
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2:40PM on 09/28/2016
I really fervently disagree with this assessment that Lion King is the "grestest Disney film of all-time." I still like it, I just think it's a much more middle of the road entry than it's often made out to be. However, so many people DO think that it's the end-all be-all of animation that this really seems like the absolute worst film that Disney could give the live action treatment to (although, it also feels like a very natural decision given the massive box office success of Jungle Book).
I really fervently disagree with this assessment that Lion King is the "grestest Disney film of all-time." I still like it, I just think it's a much more middle of the road entry than it's often made out to be. However, so many people DO think that it's the end-all be-all of animation that this really seems like the absolute worst film that Disney could give the live action treatment to (although, it also feels like a very natural decision given the massive box office success of Jungle Book).
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1:30PM on 09/28/2016
If anything, I wonder if they would be able to get the same cast again from the animated film to do all of the voices again for this new live action version. But maybe, that would be too redundant and they'll just get a new voice cast altogether.
If anything, I wonder if they would be able to get the same cast again from the animated film to do all of the voices again for this new live action version. But maybe, that would be too redundant and they'll just get a new voice cast altogether.
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1:07PM on 09/28/2016

I understood Jungle Book, as it has humans in it...

But take away the human character from Jungle Book (the one just released recently) and its pretty dull. You are just watching poorly animated CGI animals. Is Disney that hard up for money that they need to remake their cartoons using the cheapest CGI they can get away with?
But take away the human character from Jungle Book (the one just released recently) and its pretty dull. You are just watching poorly animated CGI animals. Is Disney that hard up for money that they need to remake their cartoons using the cheapest CGI they can get away with?
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2:45PM on 09/28/2016
Fun fact: Disney has made over $2 Billion dollars in domestic grosses alone this year, a record for the most money ever made be a studio in a single year. In fact, over a quarter of all the entire 2016 box office has been generated by Disney. Even so, I imagine they feel the cheaper they can make their movies the larger the profit margin will be.
Fun fact: Disney has made over $2 Billion dollars in domestic grosses alone this year, a record for the most money ever made be a studio in a single year. In fact, over a quarter of all the entire 2016 box office has been generated by Disney. Even so, I imagine they feel the cheaper they can make their movies the larger the profit margin will be.
12:36PM on 09/28/2016

Excited

The Lion King came out when I was 3 and I immediately fell in love with it. To this day, it's my favorite animated film, so seeing it get the live action treatment is exciting. I just hope they get Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones involved!
The Lion King came out when I was 3 and I immediately fell in love with it. To this day, it's my favorite animated film, so seeing it get the live action treatment is exciting. I just hope they get Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones involved!
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1:11PM on 09/28/2016
We get it, you're a millennial who loves remakes and are the main target of Hollywood these days. But come on, do you really think a remake of your favorite kids movie will hold up and be as good as the one you enjoy so much? It won't. Take it from 80s kids whose childhoods and young adult lives have been fodder for remakes the past 15 years. NONE of those shitty remakes were any good, it didn't matter who put them out. Disney is no different. Jungle Book sucked and it had the most room to
We get it, you're a millennial who loves remakes and are the main target of Hollywood these days. But come on, do you really think a remake of your favorite kids movie will hold up and be as good as the one you enjoy so much? It won't. Take it from 80s kids whose childhoods and young adult lives have been fodder for remakes the past 15 years. NONE of those shitty remakes were any good, it didn't matter who put them out. Disney is no different. Jungle Book sucked and it had the most room to improve over any other remake out there. Disney is getting into the bad habit of making these movies and putting no money into them so the CGI looks like shit and the actors look confused when acting against a green screen 90% of the time.
8:33PM on 09/28/2016
How is it going to be live action when it's all animals with no human characters? It's going to be all CG
How is it going to be live action when it's all animals with no human characters? It's going to be all CG
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12:34PM on 09/28/2016

lets change the animation format....

why?
why?
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11:52AM on 09/28/2016

Might work...

The biggest weakness of the Jungle Book was the kid trying to act his way around the green screen. I could see this working without any human actors.
The biggest weakness of the Jungle Book was the kid trying to act his way around the green screen. I could see this working without any human actors.
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11:50AM on 09/28/2016

Why

The Lion King is a perfect movie so this remake doesn't have a chance, Jungle Book had room to improve. I don't see the point in this other than greed.
The Lion King is a perfect movie so this remake doesn't have a chance, Jungle Book had room to improve. I don't see the point in this other than greed.
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2:47PM on 09/28/2016
Man, our definitions of perfect films must be very different.
Man, our definitions of perfect films must be very different.
9:05AM on 09/29/2016
While I'd never put Lion King in my list of favorite films, on it's own terms it is a pretty tight story has some good musical numbers and gets me in the feels
While I'd never put Lion King in my list of favorite films, on it's own terms it is a pretty tight story has some good musical numbers and gets me in the feels
11:45AM on 09/28/2016

As good as Jon Favreau is,

The original was lightning in a bottle. It really should be left alone. 'Circle of Life,' Mufasa's death feels, etc. 'The Lion King' is perfect as is.
The original was lightning in a bottle. It really should be left alone. 'Circle of Life,' Mufasa's death feels, etc. 'The Lion King' is perfect as is.
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11:38AM on 09/28/2016

Nice try Rooney...

But you always have to adjust for inflation when comparing movies in the same genre. Sort the BoxOfficeMojo site in the drop down menu by 2016 $$$, and Lion King is #1 by a county mile.

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But you always have to adjust for inflation when comparing movies in the same genre. Sort the BoxOfficeMojo site in the drop down menu by 2016 $$$, and Lion King is #1 by a county mile.

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11:25AM on 09/28/2016
A live-action remake made sense with THE JUNGLE BOOK because, while it's mostly CGI (and therefore still technically an animated movie), there was a human character. Yes, just one, but he was the protagonist. Since THE LION KING had no humans, there's no reason to do this. Also, T.J.B. is one of those old family movies with script mistakes forgiven by modern viewers when they consider the time it was made. The remake fixed some of those mistakes. All movies have mistakes, but are T.L.K.'s bad
A live-action remake made sense with THE JUNGLE BOOK because, while it's mostly CGI (and therefore still technically an animated movie), there was a human character. Yes, just one, but he was the protagonist. Since THE LION KING had no humans, there's no reason to do this. Also, T.J.B. is one of those old family movies with script mistakes forgiven by modern viewers when they consider the time it was made. The remake fixed some of those mistakes. All movies have mistakes, but are T.L.K.'s bad enough?

Matt, you're not alone. Most people agree that, if it's not the best animated movie ever, it's in the top 5. It's in my top 5 too. How many opening scenes, death scenes and final battle scenes have had the same visual and emotional impact?
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11:04AM on 09/28/2016

Cgi live action = animated

The 2016 jungle book was barely live action, and it's silly to call it so as 99 percent of the movie was cgi. This "live action" lion king will almost certainly be 100 percent cgi, and that is just highly realistic looking animation. This is why I'm looking forward to beauty and the beast as it will truly be a live action adaptation with cgi.
The 2016 jungle book was barely live action, and it's silly to call it so as 99 percent of the movie was cgi. This "live action" lion king will almost certainly be 100 percent cgi, and that is just highly realistic looking animation. This is why I'm looking forward to beauty and the beast as it will truly be a live action adaptation with cgi.
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10:43AM on 09/28/2016
It'd be taking a 100% animated movie and making a 100% animated movie.
It'd be taking a 100% animated movie and making a 100% animated movie.
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