Just Can’t Wait to be King: Disney’s “Live-Action” THE LION KING to Begin Production This May
Disney’s “live-action” redo of The Lion King was said to be on the fast track towards production when it was announced in September, and now we know the film is expected to begin production in a little over a month. The revelation comes courtesy of My Entertainment World.
Director Jon Favreau, who most recently helmed The Jungle Book for the studio, will direct. Donald Glover (Atlanta) has been cast as Simba, with James Earl Jones (Star Wars) reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa. Like The Jungle Book, The Lion King will shoot in Los Angeles. (Technology really is something.)
With a May 2017 production start, we can expect The Lion King to roar to life sometime in 2018. Disney also has announced live-action takes on The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Mulan and Dumbo, among others. Tim Burton’s Dumbo is currently farthest along, with Aladdin and Mulan having landed directors. Favreau is also expected to return to the world of The Jungle Book for the sequel. Disney’s most recent live-action reimagining of an animated hit, Beauty and the Beast, is now playing and is the #1 movie in the world.