The Lion King to return as a live-action movie

The Lion King, one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, is returning to theaters as announced by Walt Disney on Wednesday. However, it's coming back as a live-action movie. It's being remade, and Jon Favreau will be in charge.

The Lion King movie to come back with live-action remake

The original film, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, was the highest grossing animated film for 16 years until it was surpassed by Toy Story 3 in 2010. The film was re-released in 2011, where it got a 3D conversion. And with $30.2 million, it had one of the best sales debuts ever.

The Lion King is returning to theaters—albeit, not the same one audiences fell in love with 22 years ago. The Walt Disney Company announced Wednesday that it has tapped Jon Favreau for a reimagining of its 1994 animated blockbuster. It's now on the "fast track to production." 

The Lion King Disney Movie get live-action remake

 The Lion King movie by Walt Disney is getting live-action remake

The voice cast of the original “Lion King,” included actors Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jeremy Irons. The musical version “The Lion King” debuted in 1997 and can be seen currently on Broadway, on tour in the United States (it’s at San Diego’s Civic Theatre through Sunday) and overseas in countries including China and Mexico.

In recent years, Disney has released several remakes and live-action adaptations of its classic films, ranging from 2014's Maleficent to 2015's Cinderella. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, will be released in March 2017. Favreau and Disney Studios currently have a “Jungle Book” sequel in development, also without a release date scheduled. 

Key details, including a release date and casting news, have yet to be announced.

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