If you haven’t heard the news, Disney officially announced yesterday that The Lion King (1994) has been added to their never-ending list of remakes. The live-action film will be directed by Jon Favreau, though a release date is NOT confirmed at this time.
Tell me I’m not the only one who believes this is a really bad idea. The Lion King is, as any Disney fan knows, one of the most popular films to come out of the Disney Renaissance, and many fans hold it in near-sacred reverence. This is the classic definition of a film that does not need to be remade, especially in live-action. I have no desire to see a CGI Mufasa or Simba or Scar or anything like that.
However, a few people have pointed out a different possibility (though, with all due respect, I don’t see it as being very likely). They pointed out that, with this being live-action, it could be POSSIBLE that this remake is more closely based on the hit Broadway musical, which could explain the live-action setting. That would be pretty awesome actually, but given how the Disney remakes are, I’m not very confident right now.
I know that most of the Disney remakes have done very, VERY well, but the studio really needs to be careful. Given that most of the remakes/reboots have BOMBED this year, if they keep dipping into the remake well, audiences could very well start rejecting ANY remake that comes their way (and I think we’re pretty close to that situation now).
Of course, I could be wrong. it could be that Disney has actually found a way to reinvent an animated classic and we’ll all be slack-jawed with surprise when we see how awesome it is. I guess only time will tell with this one.
What do you think of this news? Is Disney crazy for planning a Lion King remake? Let me know in the comments – Becky
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