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04/30/2019 - Entertainment Weekly article

Much as they did in 1994 with the famous cover drawn by Ruben Aquino:

Entertainment Weekly has come out with its new cover story on the 2019 remake, with lots of in-depth info and full-size movie stills.


Thanks to Holden Pence.

04/19/2019 - TLK Remake Details on Good Morning America


Here's what The Lion King director Jon Favreau revealed to us at #StarWarsCelebration about #TheLionKing:
- Scoring with Hans Zimmer & Lebo M. (Lebo arranged and performed music for The Lion King movies and stage productions)
- It "should feel like a live-action photo reel film"
- It will "stay true to the original"
- It will be "quite longer than the original"

04/17/2019 - Funko Pop! figures for TLK Live Action

Found at GameStop and other retailers:

04/15/2019 - TLK 2019 Trailer Soundtrack

Here is a playlist of three soundtrack clips derived from the official TLK trailer:


The tracks are "King of Pride Rock", "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and "Circle of Life". They are isolated from the voice-over narration and give us a good sense for what the full-length soundtrack will sound like once it's released (presumably around the same time as the movie).

04/10/2019 - Official TLK Trailer

So now we have full visuals on Scar, Mufasa, Simba (young and adult), Nala (young and adult), Rafiki, Zazu, Timon, Pumbaa, the hyenas ... really the gang's all here.

In fact, a lot of the shots in the trailer are direct recreations of the originals, such as the "growing up on the log" montage, the gorge stampede, the presentation — in fact it's hard to think of clips in the trailer that are not shot-for-shot remakes. There's some new and elaborated dialogue in our favorite speeches from Scar and Mufasa too.

Notably, the trailer seems to be avoiding any clips of the characters speaking. The designs are very "realistic", in the same way as in The Jungle Book, which presents a challenge in characterization and emotion. I will personally have to reserve judgment and defer to the popularity that this remake attains among audiences, to see how well they respond to these on-screen performances by what look more like animals in a nature documentary than Disney animated characters.

Via Charlie Quigg.

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.

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