The very first glimpse at Disney’s forthcoming live-action The Lion King film from director John Favreau was displayed at D23 Expo, and oh dear, it took my breath away.
Disney has transformed a great deal of its animated works into live action movies. Now, with new takes on Dumbo, Aladdin and Mulan coming soon, it’s not stopping at any point in the near future.
Favreau demonstrated with The Jungle Book that the technology created to breathe life into these creatures through CGI created an immersive new experience that warranted its existence. This new venture totally follows in the strides of The Jungle Book’s amazing recreation of these creature characters.
The Lion King first film footage was close to a frame-by-frame recreation of the “Circle of Life” opening of the animated film. We see the sun ascend over the African savannah. However, obviously, this time it really is a genuine sunrise. The film is shot to coordinate with similar shots of the animals you see amid that opening succession in the cartoon. Furthermore, they look photograph realistic regardless of being CGI. It’s particularly effective when you see them running by a sensible shot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the backdrop.
As this is the “Circle of Life” sequence, the group went crazy when the camera pulled back and uncovered Pride Rock. It genuinely was fascinating how painstakingly and viably Favreau and his team caught the imagery of the animated film and breathed life into it sensibly and intensely.
Obviously, since we’re going to Pride Rock, we saw Rafiki, who looks fundamentally the same as what he looks like in the cartoon, however somewhat less lanky and more sensible than as cartoony. The greatest character design change was for Simba. That’s because he is furrier than he was in the cartoon. Rather than being as round and adapted as the baby Simba in animation, this rendition is more like a realistic lion offspring. No reason to worry: he is so damn adorable. He sneezes at one point in a shot that appeared to be a decent grandstand of how this film will attempt to have its characters both lovable and actually animalistic.
The sequence closes with Rafiki marking Simba and afterward displaying him by holding him up above the animals assembled at Pride Rock. Favreau at that point took to the stage, and told the assembled crowd that “we know how important this is” to not taint the inheritance of a film as adored as The Lion King. He said;
“We’re working hard, we love you guys and we love this movie.”
Note: Disney has not declared when and if it will release this first look at the film.
This footage is very close to the animated film. That is by all accounts a sign that the rest of the story will be in a style similar to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action movie. Nevertheless, the real plot of the Lion King wasn’t talked about on the panel. We likewise didn’t learn of any extra cast except the already reported Donald Glover as Simba. The other cast incorporates Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner and John Oliver.