Hollywood is looking right at ‘The Lion King‘ to get the summer box office back on track. It’s been a summer full of highs and lows for Hollywood. Probably more lows than highs, but hey, that happens sometimes, especially when the audience at home finally grows tired of remakes and sequels.
According to early tracking reports, The Lion King remake is set to make $150 million during its opening weekend, and that’s on the lower end of the scale. Some say it could make $180 million, which would not only be huge for Disney, but huge for Hollywood in general.
But there is something that could hurt this movie, and that’s the mixed reaction from critics. The Lion King has a shocking 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We say shocking because The Jungle Book remake had a 94% rating, Beauty and the Beast had a 71% and Cinderella had an 84% rating.
If the score holds, this will be one of the lowest scores for a Disney remake. And that’s surprising because Jon Favreau directed this Lion King film. He was the director of The Jungle Book remake as well, so you’d think he would have similar success.
What seems to be the problem with this new Lion King? The lack of originality.
Everything money can buy, including the vocal talents of Beyonce and Donald Glover, has been poured into this photo-realistic retake on The Lion King. What’s missing is heart, soul, daring and the faintest hint of originality.
I mean, what do people expect? They are remaking films that have already been made. How much room for originality can there be?