After the success of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau has been hired by Disney to helm the adaptation of a live-action Lion King. Seeing as to the movie's significance in pop culture, Favreau has assured fans that he is taking very careful steps when it comes to making the movie right.
Talking at the NYC's School of Visual Arts Theatre for Tribeca Talks, Favreau said:
"With the Disney stuff, people know even more… With Lion King, people really know [the original], and they grew up with it and it has emotional impact. I think about what I remember about The Lion King? I did it with Jungle Book [too]. [I asked myself], ‘What do I remember about [the 1967 version of] The Jungle Book? I remember Mowgli and the snake. I remember the snake's eyes. I remember Baloo going down the river and Mowgli riding on him like a raft. I made a big list, and those are the images we definitely needed… and you have more latitude to shift and change those things.
"The Jungle Book was 50 years ago, Lion King was 20, and people grew up with it in an age of video where they watched it over and over again. So, I have to really examine all of those plot points. Also, the myths are very strong in it, so you're hitting something even deeper than the movie sometimes. What I'm trying to do is honor what was there… There are certain expectations people have."
Surely Favreau will have to be more careful this time around, as fans for The Lion King still have the movie solidly embedded in their heads. Who was going to complain about The Jungle Book not being close to the cartoon?
Honestly, I don't see why they should adapt the movie at all. It's absolutely perfect; but with show business, you have to understand that there's no stopping surefire money-makers. I'm just hoping Favreau brings the original voice cast in or at least keeps the musical elements as well.
No official release date has been announced for Jon Favreau's The Lion King.
Source: Entertainment Weekly