The Walt Disney Company has detailed its plans to revive The Lion King with a new animated TV series titled The Lion Guard.
The company’s attempt to bring the cast of the classic 1994 animated movie to a new audience will kick-off this November with the initial launch of a short primetime movie, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
The movie will focus on Kion the son of Simba, the hero of the original film and will air on Disney Channel. It will follow the young cub as he and a team of animals known as The Lion Guard work to keep the peace among the plains of Africa.
Disney will then launch a Lion Guard TV series on Disney Channel and Disney Junior around the world in 2016.
The new Lion King titles will see James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles as Mufasa and Pumbaa. Meanwhile Rob Lowe will voice Simba while Gabrielle Union will play his wife, Nala.
20 years since the original Lion King movie hit screens, the franchise has enjoyed various brand extension, including two direct-to-video sequels, a Saturday morning cartoon show and a long-running Broadway play.
“Lion King, it goes without saying is probably one of the most beloved movies and set of characters that the company has in the last 25 years,” said Nancy katner, executive vice president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, via Variety.
“We have received very positive responses, people are curious to see what we will keep from the original story and what will be new.
“I am really confident that even the Disney die-hards are going to be fans.”