LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co has taken a high-tech route to remake animated classic “The Lion King” with the look of a nature documentary, an update it hopes will lure audiences to a new version of a film considered a masterpiece the first time.
The re-telling of the 1994 tale about the lion cub Simba, which opens in theaters around the world this week, was created with computer animation, gaming technology and virtual reality, plus live-action filmmaking techniques, director Jon Favreau said.
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The goal was to provide a “photo-real” look for expressive animals and African vistas, Favreau said. “Lion King” follows recent remakes of Disney classics such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and Favreau’s “The Jungle Book.”
Remaking a well-known movie is “tricky,” Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger acknowledged to reporters at the European premiere for “The Lion King” in London. “But we feel great about where we are with this film and with the remakes in general.”
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“When you are dealing with something like ‘The Lion King,’ which we consider a crown jewel, there’s a challenge to that,” he said. Besides using new technology, filmmakers revise storylines to make them feel relatable to modern moviegoers, he said.
Cast members said classic stories deserved a re-telling for different eras.
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