Jon Favreau is to direct a remake of The Lion King.
The Iron Man director – who’s retelling of The Jungle Book earlier this year took nearly $966 million worldwide – tweeted that he was “looking forward” to his next project, along with two emojis that made it very clear to what he was referring.
Excited for my next project
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) September 28, 2016
Disney followed that up with the official word;
“We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.
The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.”
The statement also confirms that Favreau is still working on the sequel to The Jungle Book.