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Jon Favreau set to bring The Lion King back to the big screen in live-action update

September 28th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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Disney continue their recent trend of taking their biggest animated movies and making them into live-action outings with an announcement that The Lion King is coming back.

Yes, Simba is returning to the silver screen under the guidance of Iron Man and Jungle Book director John Favreau.

Look, our initial thought was ‘really?!’ but then we thought about how good Jungle Book was and decided that we’d go with it (bet Disney are delighted we’re ok with it).

Anyway, the official announcement states: “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 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 new movie will include songs from the animated original, which were written by Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer.

Disney has not said when production will start or when the new film will be released, and casting is to be announced.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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