As yet another animated classic gets rebooted in ~realistic~ style, we find ourselves returning to one eternal question: WHEN will the live-action Disney remakes END???
Fucking never, probably.
And yet: why should they? I’m honestly very ambivalent about this revamp routine Hollywood’s settled into; remakes do mean massive money (blah blah capitalist swine), but as long as they’re remaking it super well (see: this year’s take on THE JUNGLE BOOK), a CGI update might not be worst thing to happen to Simba and the gang.
After all, wasn’t THE LION KING *actually* just a remake of HAMLET but with big cats?
Plus, Jon Favreau’s in the director’s chair again following the massive success of THE JUNGLE BOOK, so I think we don’t have to be too too concerned about the movie sucking. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still pretttyyy fucking jaded about this whole scenario.
Yes, THE JUNGLE BOOK was gorgeous. But will a live-action LION KING be able to capture the true majesty of Simba’s hair? Timon’s smart-ass snark? Pumbaa’s heart of gold? ANIMAL FACES DON’T HAVE A HUGE RANGE OF EMOTION, THIS IS JUST FACT.
And I’ll admit, when this was first announced, I was picturing a HOMEWARD BOUND live-action scenario, which would have been HILARIOUS. And awful. But alas, it’ll be CGI.
One other burning question I have:
So in the animated version, I’ll buy that a lion doesn’t eat his adorable little meerkat/juicy warthog friends. But in a live-action? Timon and Pumba are definitely dead. And delicious.
But overall, what do you think? Good idea/bad idea?