The Lion King is ready for the next stage of its Circle of Life — Disney announced on Wednesday that Jon Favreau is directing “a new reimagining” of the 1994 animated classic.
In its statement, Disney compared it to other recent projects like Maleficient, Cinderella, and next year’s The Beauty and the Beast. The main difference from those other films, of course, is that The Lion King has no human characters, so the live-action portion will probably be minimal.
Favreau is just coming off a live-action version of The Jungle Book, which debuted earlier this year to smashing box office earnings and critical raves (EW’s Chris Nashawaty and Leah Greenblatt called it one of the best films of 2016 so far) and already has a sequel in the works. Like The Jungle Book and The Beauty and the Beast, this new The Lion King will include songs from the original.
Details are still scarce, and no release date has been announced this new The Lion King, but Favreau is definitely on-board.