The Lion King is an upcoming American musical drama film directed by Jon Favreau, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and written by Jeff Nathanson. It is a live-action styled adaptation of Disney’s 1994 animated film of the same name. The film stars the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones (who reprises his role from the original film), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, John Kani, John Oliver, and Alfre Woodard.
Plans for a Lion King remake were confirmed in September 2016 following the success of Favreau’s Jungle Book adaptation. Much of the main cast signed on in early-2017 and principal photography began that summer on a blue screen stage in Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2019.
On September 28, 2016, Walt Disney Pictures confirmed that Jon Favreau would be directing a fast-tracked remake of the 1994 animated film The Lion King, which would feature the songs from the 1994 film, following a string of recent box office successes on the other Disney remake films such as Maleficent, Cinderella, Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast with the latter three also earning critical praise.Later on October 13, it was reported that Disney had hired Jeff Nathanson to write the screenplay for the remake.In November, talking with ComingSoon.net, Favreau said the virtual cinematography technology he used in The Jungle Book would be used to a greater degree in The Lion King. Although the media reported The Lion King to be a live-action film, it actually utilizes photorealistic animation. Disney also did not describe it as live-action, only stating it would follow the “technologically groundbreaking” approach of The Jungle Book.