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07/17/2017 - John Oliver as Zazu; Hugh Jackman as Scar

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Oliver is going to take on Rowan Atkinson's role as Zazu the hornbill in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.


Seems like it could work!

This may have been covered elsewhere already, but Hugh Jackman is on the roll as Scar:


I've also heard Beyoncé might be tapped for Nala; but that might just be a rumor for now...

07/15/2017 - TLK Live-Action Sneak Peek at D23

We don't get to see it, but Disney unveiled a glimpse of the upcoming live-action Lion King at D23 Expo 2017.


Jon Favreau, director of "The Lion King," brought with him a piece of footage that elicited the most nostalgic feelings among the audience.

The footage show from the live-action "The Lion King" was a shot-by-shot remake of the opening scene from the animated film, complete with "The Circle of Life" blaring in the background and a first look at CGI Simba.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told the crowd the live-action version would be "respectful and faithful to the lion king you already know and love."

A "shot-for-shot remake" sounds pretty good, but one still has to ask "why even do this?" I suppose we'll find out if/when the preview makes it to the public...

04/28/2017 - Timon & Pumbaa Voice Casting Revealed

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been announced to play Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, in the upcoming live-action Lion King remake.


Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.

In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.

These live-action remakes are apparently big hits for Disney, and TLK is a no-brainer following the success of The Jungle Book. It's great to hear they've got James Earl Jones back, and these new additions seem like pretty inspired choices.

02/17/2017 - Donald Glover and James Earl Jones confirmed for live-action TLK

Donald Glover (Atlanta, 30 Rock) has been officially cast as Simba in the new live-action Lion King movie, and James Earl Jones is confirmed to return as Mufasa.


Donald Glover is going to be the mane event in Disney's live-action version of "The Lion King." And he'll be joined by an actor whose voice is as legendary as they come.

Glover has been cast as Simba in the studio's new take on the 1994 animated classic.

James Earl Jones has also come aboard the project. He will play Mufasa, reprising the role he previously voiced.

Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas shared the role of Simba in the animated film, voicing the older and younger versions of the character, respectively.

Director Jon Favreau broke the news on Twitter.

He tweeted a picture of Glover with a caption referencing "Lion King" tune, "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."

No word yet on any other returning voices, or on what (if any) structural changes might be in play for the new movie that might affect casting. But this is the biggest news on the net for Glover right now—looks like his big acting break is upon him!

10/02/2016 - Live-Action TLK Remake In the Works

It's been reported in many places that as of September 28, Disney has announced a new remake of The Lion King, to be helmed by Jon Favreau.

The official statement by Disney is sparse on details, and describes the new movie only as "a new reimagining" of the original. Favreau's recent successes have been in the area of live-action remakes of animated classics such as The Jungle Book (which has been a critical and box-office success since its release); this has led many to interpret the announcement as meaning that the new Lion King will be similarly live-action in nature. But that's just speculation, and it could be entirely without merit. It might just as easily be as fully traditionally animated as the original for all we know. But Disney does say the new movie "follows" the "technologically groundbreaking" Jungle Book, so speculation that this will be another in the same vein isn't likely to be off-base.

What we do know is that the new movie is supposed to include songs from the original movie, so it probably won't stray too far from the source material. We don't know anything else yet, including voice cast, creative staff, or release date. But all that is sure to come.

Time to breathe some life back into this franchise, it seems!

06/25/2014 - Legacy Collection Soundtrack

The 20th anniversary of the release of TLK has come with a flood of new developments. Right on the heels of the announcement of the new "The Lion Guard" cartoon series comes this re-release of the movie's soundtrack/score, under the banner of the "Legacy Collection" series which will cover the upcoming re-releases of many classic Disney film soundtracks.

The new 2-disc album contains all the movie's songs, naturally, but also mixes in some 30 minutes of never-before-officially-released instrumental score material, with track titles such as "I Was Just Trying to Be Brave Score" and "We Are All Connected Score". Many of these score tracks also feature "demo" alternative versions on the second disc, which are discussed in the new liner notes by producer Don Hahn and composer Hans Zimmer. There are also song tracks such as "The Morning Report" and "Warthog Rhapsody", which were not part of the original theatrical release—being added to the Special Edition in the former case, and cut from the final version in the latter.

Enthusiasts of the movie's soundtrack will no doubt be all over this release, which retails at Amazon.com for around $15.

06/10/2014 - The Lion Guard

Surprising news broken by the WSJ: Disney is planning to launch a new, traditionally (2D) animated Lion King TV series, aimed at the preschool market, called The Lion Guard. It's set to debut in November 2015, and will star Simba's son, Kion—which seems to indicate that it will contradict the canonicity of Simba's Pride.

Updated: Kion is said to be the second-born child of Simba, and so the series is canon with the existing movies. Kiara will play a role in the TV series, which will debut with a direct-to-video movie, according to Disney's own blog.

The series will be about Kion, the son of the now-grown “Lion King” protagonist Simba, who assembles a group of animals to help him protect the jungle prideland as part of a group called the Lion Guard.

“It’s kind of like ‘The Lion King’ meets ‘The Avengers,’” said Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter.

Full article and some nice developmental art here (though it remains to be seen how well the art will translate to production).

Next November is a long way off, so we can expect a long period of information trickling in on what kind of expansions to the canon cast and universe we can expect to see.

05/29/2011 - TLK Blu-Ray Release Details Confirmed

Disney is going to be releasing The Lion King on Blu-Ray (including a 3D version) on October 4, 2011.

Also, in advance of this, on September 16, the new 3D version will begin a theatrical run. This will be the first time TLK has been seen in general theatrical release since the IMAX version began its circulation in 2002.

BURBANK, Calif. (May 26, 2011) — Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.

Get the full press release at Christian's Cartoon Corner.

04/24/2011 - "The Lion King Trilogy" 8-Disc Set Available for Preorder

That's right: eight discs. That includes the original movie in:

  • Blu-Ray 3D
  • Blu-Ray
  • DVD
  • Digital copy

On top of that, both Simba's Pride and TLK 1 ½ are included in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats.

The whole thing lists for $100, but you can preorder it at Amazon for $79.99.

11/18/2010 - TLK HD trailer on Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray

The recently released Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast contains a full High Definition trailer for The Lion King, as reported by Michael:

The trailer from the last news is indeed on the "Beauty and the beast" Blu-Ray, but in much better quality than the youtube version. In other words 1080p with four different audio tracks. So far it's looking very good.

The trailer appears in full 1080p, with four different audio tracks, and can be accessed under the "Bonus Features" section. The detail is striking, though it will inevitably put on display a few of the shortcuts taken in the original animation that was made clear in the IMAX re-release, which has a much higher effective resolution than the 35mm print for which the film was animated. It remains to be seen whether Disney will have done any further touch-ups to enhance the detail in background characters that now show up on modern screens.

The Blu-ray release that the trailer advertises remains slated for fall 2011. Head over to s-tlk.org for 1920x1080 screenshots and more details.

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