It’s the Lion King, but better than before

It’s the Lion King, but better than before

Matthew Moskowitz, Journalist

It seemed like it was going a typical, gloomy Wednesday, but then, out of nowhere, the all-star cast for the new live-action version of The Lion King gained a new member in Beyonce. The new update to the 1994 Disney classic is going to be directed by Jon Favreau and is set to premiere on July 19, 2019. Headlining the cast (announced in February) includes Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Nala), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), and more. Disney says that Favreau’s production will be a “new take” about the lions of Pride Rock through innovative filmmaking techniques.

 

Adding to the collection of new live-action Disney remakes, The Lion King is expected to earn more at the box-office compared to the recent release of Beauty and the Beast, earning a whopping $1.2 billion. That’s absurd! On the other hand, the original Lion King made $968 million at the global box-office in its 1994 debut. With the all-star cast alone, the 2019 version will undoubtedly surpass its predecessor. This news started to make me think about whether or not the “younger” kids have ever seen the original Lion King film, and will the only people that buy tickets to see the live-action rendition 90’s kids who grew up watching the original version?