Producer: John Bartnicki, Debbi Bossi, Jon Favreau
Writer: Jeff Nathanson, Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi
Release Date: Jul 18, 2019
Runtime: 1hr 58m
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James Earl Jones
Shahadi Wright Joseph
Penny Johnson Jerald
Did You Know?
This is Jon Favreau's second live action Disney movie based on a Disney animated movie after directing The Jungle Book (2016).
This is being referred to as a "live-action" remake of the original animated Lion King. However, CGI is still another version of animation. Unless the filmmakers are truly using real animals to play the parts, this film is an animation.
[from teaser trailer]
Mufasa: Everything the light touches... is our kingdom. But a king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with *you* as the new king.
By and large, very few remakes, other than Gus Van Sant's shot-by-shot reproduction of Psycho, have adhered as closely to their original versions as this one does. Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem pre-digested. There's nary a surprise in the whole two hours.
Uncanny singing animals aside, a secondary effect of the film’s commitment to zoological verisimilitude is to place the voice actors in a relatively powerless position. It’s a strange choice to assemble an all-star cast from various walks of celebrity—actors, pop singers, rappers, comedians—and then make their only contribution a verbal one.