Live-action Lion King’s first teaser shown at D23 is breathtakingly beautiful

But unfortunately won’t be on time anytime soon

Disney revealed its first look at Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the studio’s classic 1994 animated film The Lion King during D23 today. Although the studio isn’t going to publish that footage anytime soon, we have a breakdown of what the footage showed.

The clip, prepared specifically for D23, according to Favreau, recreated the famous “Circle of Life” opening scene from The Lion King, in full photo-realistic CGI — practically shot-for-shot. Rafiki, baby Simba and Pride Rock were all presented in their “realistic” glory. For those who have seen Favreau’s The Jungle Book, the detail paid attention to the CGI-animals will be similar.

It’s astounding. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and that’s not an exaggeration. There’s a moment where baby Simba sneezes and his entire body shakes that’s both adorable and disturbing realistic.

The “Circle of Life” scene was basically recreated from the animated classic and will be familiar to anyone who has ever watched the 1994 film.

Disney first announced it would be working on a Lion King movie in 2016. Earlier this year, Favreau announced that Donald Glover would voice Simba, the movie’s main protagonist, while James Earl Jones would return to reprise his role as Mufasa. The Lion King is the next installment in Disney’s mission to turn many of its animated classic films into live-action adaptations. Disney has found success with other projects, like The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland.

In April, Favreau spoke at the Tribeca Film Festival about the movie and the pressure he felt going into it. Unlike The Jungle Book, which Favreau also directed, The Lion King was one of the first movies that kids were able to watch over and over again thanks to VHS. It’s because of that obsession, Favreau said, that he wanted to get it right.

The Lion King, people really know it and they grew up with it. They have an emotional impact. I think memory is like a compression software; you can’t remember everything so you prioritize what’s important.

“I think, ‘What do I remember about The Lion King? What do I remember about The Jungle Book? I remember Mowgli and the snake; the snake’s eyes; Baloo and the river. Those are the images we definitely need in there [the new live-action movie]. Then you look back at it and you realize here’s things you don’t remember, which you can explore a little more.”

The Lion King is scheduled to be released in 2019.

Source: Polygon – Full

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