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'Lion King' Live-Action Film's Opening Scene Shown at D23!

'Lion King' Live-Action Film's Opening Scene Shown at D23!

Jon Favreau is hard at work directing the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King and he unveiled the first footage from the film at the D23 Expo!

The remake will feature Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, and John Oliver as Zazu.

Reports from D23 on Saturday (July 15) said that the action in the “Circle of Life” opening scene mirrored what took place in the animated film’s opening. Animals such as zebras, elephants, and rhinos were seen rushing to Pride Rock, where Rafiki was seen with Nala, Mufasa, and Simba. The sequence ended with Rafiki holding up baby Simba and the title card for The Lion King appearing.

“We know how important this is. People want to understand what our approach is, what we’re doing, and as soon as I found out we were going to be doing this film, my first question was, when’s D23?” Jon told the crowd while introducing the footage.

“I visit a lot of sets… this is the first time, I thought to myself, when I went to visit Jon making the film, I had a hard time understanding how you do this,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said (via EW). “And yet, they do. And I do know that Jon and his team will create something that is completely respectful and faithful to The Lion King you already know and love, just as he did with The Jungle Book.”

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  • Femalefan

    It’s not live action if the characters are CGI.

  • shoes4life

    Is this really necessary? Is Disney on the path to ruin every classic with a live action slop film!?

  • shoes4life

    Is this really necessary? Is Disney on the path to ruin every classic with a live action slop film!?

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  • http://ladymulti.livejournal.com/ LadyMulti

    If CGI made movies not qualify as Live-Action than no movie qualifies as live-action anymore. Get over it. What do you want them to do? Paint someone blue for the genie? Try to teach a parrot to talk? (if they have Iago). And perfectly train a monkey? (if they have Abu). How about this, you go make fully live action movie with no computer generated imagery (you know CGI) and see the difference.

  • bbm

    seems kids these days can’t watch the cartoon classics… sad