Filmmaker Jon Favreau has confirmed that he very plans to do both Disney’s upcoming live-action take on “The Lion King,” and a sequel to his “The Jungle Book” adaptation which he did this year.
In fact, the plan for now is to shoot the projects back-to-back with ‘Lion’ going first he tells Collider. It’s a big time commitment, but he feels it’s worth it:
“Right now the plan is that we go right from one to the other, but I know from having worked on two superhero movies back to back, these take many, many, many years. I was working on Marvel movies for like four years back-to-back. It’s a big chunk of your life and you have to make sure that you’re excited and can bring all of your attention and concentration to bear on this, because they are really big puzzles. Every film is a puzzle you have to solve – these highly technical ones are like 3D chess.”
Favreau says with “The Lion King” the challenge is not only recreating the original animated classic but also taking into account its introduction in other mediums such as the famed stage production:
“With Lion King, there you have such a strong original film, and then there was a theater production of it as well in a different medium that was very well received and successful and still continues to play. And you have a lot of people with very deep memories and connections to those properties so you want to make sure that, even though the story is very strong, you want to make sure it translates well to yet another medium and doesn’t feel like it’s duplicating or trying to outdo what was done in another medium.”
Without a human anchor like Mowgli, “The Lion King” will be an entirely CG animated adaptation though will try for the same heightened photorealism we saw in “The Jungle Book” this year:
“So the trick is can you make it look like you actually found real animals in a real environment? And how do you translate the story through that? And in that sense, what we learned on Jungle Book as we got into the photorealism of the environments and the characters, the behavior of the animals, how do you use the lessons you learned there, but adjust it to the tone of what Lion King is? Because I think that when you hear the opening song, when you see those images, the photography of it, even in 2D it is arresting, and I try to imagine what it could be like using the tools that we have today and could we make audiences feel the same way and retell the same myth using these new tools?”
Disney has yet to lock down an official release date for this new “The Lion King”.