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Jon Favreau proved he could make a live-action movie with talking animals in this spring’s blockbuster “Jungle Book” remake. So Disney is bringing him back for a different set of critters: a live-action “Lion King.” No surprise; this lion is a cash cow, grossing almost $1 billion since its 1994 release, winning Oscars and Grammys and spawning sequels and the hit Broadway musical. And at Disney lately, the circle of life invariably leads to live-action remakes with varying degrees of success: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “Pete’s Dragon” and, coming next March, “Beauty and the Beast.” Favreau is also on tap for a “Jungle Book” sequel.
As beloved as “The Lion King” is, Twitter split over the announcement, with some fans who just can’t wait to be “Kinged” again, but others who do not want Disney to touch their beloved classic.
No date or cast have been announced.
Speaking of Disney sequels, Lin-Manuel Miranda talked to Variety this week about his character in 2018’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” who is similar to Dick Van Dyke’s Bert in the original: “Michael and Jane Banks have grown up, and they find themselves in their own spot, and Mary Poppins comes back to take care of Michael’s kids. I play a lamplighter named Jack who sort of grew up apprenticing to Bert. So I know if Mary Poppins shows up, it’s gonna get awesome. I perform that function in the movie, of saying: ‘Y’all don’t know about Mary Poppins. When Mary’s around, cool (stuff) happens.’ ” Mary is played by Emily Blunt, who stars in next week’s “Girl on the Train.”
Miranda is also working on the music for Disney’s animated “Moana,” opening in November, and the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” But first, look for him to host “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 8. (Margot Robbie hosts the season premiere this weekend.)