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According to our sources – the same ones who told us Bambi and Robin Hood remakes were in development, both of which are now confirmed – The Lion King‘s Timon and Pumbaa are reportedly set to be the stars of their own Disney Plus limited series, which is said to be a more comedic offering that could potentially take several cues from 2004’s direct-to-video The Lion King 1.5, which tracked what the duo were up to before and during the events of the movie.
There has been no confirmation about whether or not the possible Disney+ original series will feature characters from the 1994 Disney’s The Lion King animated film or the new version of the movie. Though, we can guess the reported Disney+ Lion King series would likely be a comedy and could potentially feature Billy Eichner (Timon) and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), who voiced the beloved Disney characters in the 2019 live action Lion King remake.
Although Disney has yet to confirm anything about an upcoming streaming Timon and Pumbaa series, they have recently announced several original Disney+ series. New original content is necessary to keep Disney in the streaming game against industry giants like Netflix.
We Got This Covered has been informed by our sources – the same ones who told us an Aladdin sequel was happening, which we now know to be true – that Disney wants to do a Lion King follow-up. According to what we’ve heard, though, director Jon Favreau isn’t so keen on the idea, which may mean that a new director will be hired to helm it. We’ve also been told that it’s not a sure thing just yet, but they’re certainly discussing it given the barnstorming success of the first one.
Unclear at this point is whether said sequel would just be a live-action Simba's Pride, or whether it would go in some new direction. If remakes like Aladdin are earning sequels of their own, though, it's hard to deny there's a possibility of more TLK movies on the horizon.
Via Charlie Quigg.
Decades of speculation and fanfiction have covered possibilities such as clashes with large beasts such as wildebeests or rival lions to a lovers' quarrel, but now thanks to The Lion Guard it seems we have our answer.
Via Charlie Quigg.
"A Gift He'll Never Forget" features Scar and young Simba in the gorge, setting the stage for the stampede:
And "I'm Gonna Name Him Fred" is the scene of Timon and Pumbaa discovering Simba collapsed in the desert, with updated dialogue and repartee:
Tickets can be purchased starting today at Fandango — and if you follow the link you'll get an in-depth exclusive interview between Fandango and TLK director Jon Favreau.
Jon Favreau: We learned a lot on The Jungle Book, and one of the things we learned is that if you push the facial expressions on an animal too much it starts to look less like an animal and more like a human. Part of the naturalistic approach of The Lion King that would have not fit in with our tone. Part of it is trying to make the animals express emotions without facial expression, so like in the case of Pumbaa, who is a very comedic character who has a lot of facial expressions in the old one, how do you make a warthog comical if you can't make him make faces? You have to look at the reference of warthogs in nature, and you start to see that they're very comical in the way that they move.
So, part of it was directing the animators to express the emotions of the characters, be it the lion or the meerkat or the warthog, in a way that is both consistent with what people would see in nature, but also to express the performance choices the actors are making. So, there’s a lot of body language that was worked into this piece. What’s nice is that as you watch the film all together, I think it's very successful. But it definitely is one of the things that created one of the bigger challenges, to try to help bring the charm and humanity of the original productions into this without having the ability to manipulate the facial expressions and the naturalism of the animals to the extent that you could in animation.
Behind-the-scenes interview with the director of the new film, giving us some insight into his thought processes and goals:
Favreau says the new Lion King cleaves largely to the animated film. “We are working off a story that works really well, but the more we looked at, the more we challenged the story. There were certain things that needed addressing to make it feel more appropriate to this medium, but as far as the characters, the story, the themes, the music, we really felt that people were very connected to the original, and so hopefully if you are a fan of the original you will look at our film and say, ‘I feel like I saw The Lion King.’”
In the end, Favreau hopes The Lion King feels emotionally as realistic as if audiences were watching live creatures. “That’s the trick here,” he says. “Because I don’t think anyone wants to see another animated Lion King, because [that film] still holds up really, really well. Doing The Jungle Book gave me a lot of encouragement. I saw The Lion King as a great opportunity to springboard, refine the tools, and tackle this beloved story in a new way.”