I think Jon Favreau is one of the most talented people in Hollywood. He can do it all, and he has done it all. He’s a successful actor, director, producer AND writer. His most recent project, the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, was a huge success.
It scored a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned more than $950 million at the box office. Favreau and the entire production team created something truly magical. It was a beautiful experience. One of the best theater experiences of 2016 for me.
And with all that success, some people were wondering if a sequel might be coming soon. But thankfully, Disney and Favreau have something else in mind. The Walt Disney Company confirmed Wednesday morning that they were developing a live-action retelling of The Lion King.
No release date has been announced, but we do know this version will include songs from the original animated film. It will probably be at least a few years until the movie hits theaters. Making The Jungle Book was a lengthy process, and Favreau isn’t the type to rush things just to meet an unnecessary deadline.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction they take this in. The Lion King will feature all animal characters, so it’ll probably look and feel a little different than The Jungle Book, which benefited from having a human character in Mowgli.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.