This is just too much. A live-action reimagining of the Disney classic ‘The Lion King’ is officially happening, and I have so many questions. Like, WHY? I’m here to tell you that this live-action remake of the best Disney movie is a really terrible idea.
Jon Favreau, the director of the live-action remake of The Jungle Book, will be directing The Lion King live-action movie, Disney announced on Sept. 28. The film will be a new reimagining of The Lion King, in the same realm as Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Like the live-action Beauty & The Beast, the movie will also include songs from the original animated film.
But why is this necessary? Why do we need to remake classic movies for a contemporary audience? Why can’t audiences — young and old — enjoy the original movies as is? It’s like the directors and producers are saying original movies like The Lion King aren’t capable of being understood by today’s audiences, which is just not true.
The Lion King is a classic. It’s Disney’s version of Hamlet. It’s timeless. The movie is still relevant over 20 years later. When Simba’s father, the beloved Mufasa, is killed by his brother Scar, Simba flees his rightful kingdom after being convinced it’s his fault. At first, Simba is lost and haunted by the past, but with help from a few friends, he realizes he’s more powerful than he realizes. He returns to Pride Rock and takes back his kingdom. Don’t try and tell me that we NEED a reimagining of this epic story. The 1994 version of The Lion King is the only one we need.
The only thing that would calm my rage about this live-action remake is if the original cast comes back and voices the characters. Bring me Jonathan Taylor Thomas (young Simba), Matthew Broderick (old Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa) and Jeremy Irons (Scar) in some capacity, please.
HollywoodLifers, do you think a live-action remake of The Lion King is a good idea? Let me know!