Disney details The Lion King live-action remake

Disney’s animated classic The Lion King is set to be the latest movie to undergo a live-action re-imagining.

The studio has detailed its plans to reteam with Jon Favreau, the name behind the wildly successful The Jungle Book remake released earlier this year, to deliver a 21st century take on the popular Lion King tale.

According to reports, Disney has fast-tracked the project that will offer the 1994 animated hit a CGI makeover, to production.

“The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book,” read a statement from Disney.

“The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film.”

The Lion King has enjoyed accolades such as the top grossing animated movie of all time, accruing $968.8 million worldwide, including $422.8 million domestically. It also won Academy Awards for the original song Can You feel the Love Tonight and original score.

Disney has also adapted the hit movie for the stage with a productions that has won six Tony Awards.

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