Disney fans might have been busy worrying that the Mickey Mouse House’s live-action version of The Lion King would end up being a shot-by-shot remake of the original 1994 animated movie after seeing the first trailer for the film, but the studio promises everyone that the film won’t be a shot-by-shot copy of the first Lion King.
Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney’s live-action film production chief Sean Bailey opened up about the approach that the team had for the re-imagining of The Lion King. While the studio understands that the original film is a revered movie, Bailey promises fans that they’re also going to see a few new twists in the movie’s live-action remake.
"The Lion King is a revered and beloved movie, so you'd better revere and love those parts that the audience wants. But there are things in the movie that are going to be new," the Disney executive explained.
But tweaks to the film’s story won’t be the only factor that’s going to differentiate the live-action version of The Lion King from the original one. Teasing the methods used on the project as a “new form of filmmaking,” Bailey says that the technique used in The Lion King remake is going to be a mix of traditional animation and traditional live-action, “an evolution of the technology Jon Favreau used in Jungle Book,” if we may.
However, while Bailey promises new elements in The Lion King, we have yet to learn about what specific changes to the story of the original film will be made. Let’s wait and see what happens next.
The Lion King is scheduled for release July 19, 2019.