Disney News: The Lion King is being remade…um….WHY?

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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9 thoughts on “Disney News: The Lion King is being remade…um….WHY?

  1. Martin: Through the Silver Screen

    I’m with you on this one Becky!! Think this is the most absurd idea ever! There are no humans so how on earth is it going to be live action? The Lion King is a classic, just leave it be!!

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    1. Film Music Central Post author

      if I had to take a guess, I think they’re going to give it the “Jungle Book” treatment (fully rendered CGI animals). I know there aren’t any humans, but the way they’ve been tweaking the remakes, I fear they may be introducing humans into the story (but I sincerely hope not!) None of the studios know how to leave the classics alone, and it’s starting to come back and bite them.

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      1. Martin: Through the Silver Screen

        That would just be the dumbest idea ever, what could they possibly add to the story that hasn’t been included already?? Arrgh damn it Hollywood!

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  2. Damien Riley

    As you know I got really anti remake when I saw Petes Dragon. I’m coming around though based on the concept that old films really do fade away sometimes and it’s often good to reignite them with a remake. The reimaginings still seem like rip offs to me like Willy Wonka and Petes Dragon. Hopefully they’ll bring the warmth of the original if they remake Lion King

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  4. johnefrias

    These remakes leave me disgruntled. After just seeing the new “Beauty and the Beast” I thought, “For what this is, it’s okay.” The people that flock to see it are lovers of the original movies. So on one hand, you’re just reviving a movie for ticket sales and fan service. On the other, like you said, the movie will either be a pool of CGI characters or add some humans elements. Either way, this doesn’t make me excited for what’s ahead.

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