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03/05/2019 - TLK 2019 Merchandise: Hi-Res Images

Holden Pence has sent high-res images of five assortments of TLK merchandise, showing a detailed rendition of the new character designs as they appear in 2-D.

02/24/2019 - New TLK TV Spot

Via Charlie Quigg, just released in conjunction with the Academy Awards:

No new footage or characters, but it's nice to see the shot-for-shot remake of the original teaser.

02/23/2019 - "Be Prepared" confirmed (?) along with all other classic songs

There has been some question as to whether all the songs from the 1994 original film will be reappearing in the 2019 remake, ever since Elton John made the following comment last February:

“There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ ‘Hakuna Matata,’ ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,’ and ‘Circle of Life.’ And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyoncé’s people and hopefully Tim and I and her can cook up something. That’s going out in 2019 as well. And it will be great to work with her. So we will see.”

We're hearing now, from Skyler Shuler of The DisInsider, that "Be Prepared" will be in it too.

This is of course just a secondary source that itself has been the basis of a lot of breathless articles "confirming" the song's revival, so until we hear from an official Disney-affiliated source we can continue to consider the song situation unresolved.


Via Charlie Quigg.

02/03/2019 - Character Merchandise Designs

Via Charlie Quigg, fyrTV has a video showcasing a number of upcoming merchandise items featuring a lot of the characters we haven't yet seen in the teaser trailer.

The artwork on these backpacks, folders, and other merch items are in a hybrid 2D/3D style, so they're not wholly representative of how the characters will look in the movie; but for now it's the closest look we've had at Scar, Nala, Pumbaa, and Mufasa.

01/12/2019 - "Shadowland" demo by Beyoncé

Via Jaime, here's a demo by Beyoncé of the song "Shadowland", which will be in the upcoming live-action movie (or at least on the soundtrack):

"Shadowland" is based on Hans Zimmer/Lebo M's song "Lea Halalela" from Rhythm of the Pride lands, originally performed in Zulu by Khululiwe Sithole; it was redeveloped as an English-language song for the TLK Broadway Musical by Lebo M and Mark Mancina.

11/22/2018 - TLK Live-Action: Teaser Trailer

It's here!

11/18/2018 - Rumor: New "White Lion" Look for Scar

Via Charlie Quigg:

Disney’s reimagining of The Lion King is deep into production and if you were lucky enough to see the footage from last years D23 Expo then you know the films characters will have a familiar to them, except one fan favorite character.

We have exclusively learned from a source close to the project that the film’s villain Scar is expected to have a new look to him.

According to our source, The studio is considering making Scar a rare white lion with a weak/frail look to him, the idea is to give Scar a much different look from the rest of the lions in the film(Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Serabi). This would be drastically different from the dark orange and black we know from the classic animated film.

It should be noted that this is what is being considered and things can easily change in post-production.


07/12/2018 - Live-Action Mufasa Spotted

UPDATE: Word is that this tweet is fake—the lion isn't Mufasa, but rather from an upcoming Ghost and the Darkness remake.

This is all rumormongering at this time, so take both the claim and the retraction as unconfirmed.


Via Charlie Quigg, we've got our first look at Mufasa in the upcoming Lion King live-action reboot:

https://twitter.com/nerdy_basement/status/1016370333413191680 for more pictures.

Wow! It'll be interesting to see how this lion looks in motion. Certainly not a trace of "cartooniness" in this design. One wonders how much characterization and differentiation can be brought out in such a naturalistic model. Seems to be about how I'd picture a real-life Mufasa to look in any case!

02/15/2018 - Elton John Returns to TLK, With Beyonce

Charlie Quigg sends this news nugget, which will likely excite those of us encouraged by all the old names returning from the original:


Sir Elton John has confirmed he’s gone back to his Lion King roots and will work on the soundtrack for the remake.

Speaking to The Sun, he said he was heading back into the studio to help create a new end credits song for the 2019 film that will star Beyonce, Donald Glover and Seth Rogen.

The 70-year-old said: ‘They need to have a new end credits song. There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Circle of Life.

‘And then there will be an end, closing song, and we’ve been speaking to Beyoncé’s people and hopefully Tim [Rice] and I and her can cook up something.

The Rocket Man added: ‘It will be great to work with her. So we will see.’

11/01/2017 - Hans Zimmer Returns

Not only has the full cast of the remake dropped today, we've also got word that Hans Zimmer will be back to do the score!


Disney confirmed the Oscar-winning composer will be back in an official press release. Zimmer is responsible for several iconic and easy to pick out scores, so it is no surprise he is coming back for the live-action tale. Considering how well-known his original themes – like ‘This Land,’ ‘…To Die For,’ ‘Under the Stars,’ and ‘King of Pride Rock’ – are, it will be expected that they are featured again, along with presumably a few other new themes.

Zimmer’s score is one piece to The Lion King‘s renowned soundtrack, and rumor has it Beyoncé will do the soundtrack this time around. The combination of Beyoncé and Zimmer would be a formidable pairing and would all but guarantee The Lion King will sound incredible, along with having stunning visuals. Both parties should have creative freedom to add new moments for the live-action take, but the D23 footage also guarantees Favreau is looking to stick close to the original material when possible.

Considering that the TLK score was what got me interested in film soundtracks to begin with, this one is particularly, well, music to my ears.

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