It Looks Like An Episode Of Our Planet

Disney has released a new trailer for its remake of the 1994 animated film, The Lion King, showing off a new look at the live-action adventures of Simba.

Since the release of its first live-action remake, Alice In Wonderland (2010), Disney’s reimagining’s of its own classics have made more than £1.5 billion for itself. So it’s no surprise then that it’s decided to start spewing them out in rapid succession.

Dumbo has been getting panned for being too dark and a bit too graphic for the kids, but The Lion King is apparently a beat-for-beat remake, so apart from the death of Mufasa and sans Tim Burton, this movie will hope to make amends for the Dumbo criticism.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the synopsis:

“Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.”

Over the next year, Aladdin and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil both land in cinemas, with a new version of Mulan expected in 2020, but no Disney live-action movie is as hotly anticipated as The Lion King.

The staged musical version of the film has been running both on Broadway and the West End for two decades and has made more than $8bn. The Lion King property alone is more lucrative than all of Disney’s remakes put together.

Disney will release Favreau’s The Lion King in theaters everywhere starting July 19th his summer.