**Weeps eternally at workstation while typing** Folks, we have some “great” news: another remake/re-imagining is on the way, and with the success of other Disney live-action adaptations and re-imaginings, it was only inevitable that we could live in a world where the Lion King is remade.
We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide. The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film. The Lion King (1994) is one of the biggest animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, including $422.8 million domestically.
One day, we will hopefully wake up in a world where climate change and remakes will no longer be in existence. Alas, we have yet to get to reach that promised land.