Posted on July 9, 2019 at 8:42 am

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Jon Favreau: I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw The Lion King

Just a few days left to say Hakuna Matata. Filmmaker Jon Favreau is all set to bring our all-time favorite movie The Lion King on the big screen on 19th July. The director has used pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way.

Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau

Talking about The Lion King, Jon Favreau said:

“It’s such a beloved property. Disney has had tremendous success with the original animated version and then the Broadway musical. I knew that I had to be very careful with it. I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw it up.”


He added:

“I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using mind-blowing techniques and technologies.”


The director said:

“I went on a safari to Africa six months prior to first talking to Disney about doing this film.”


“I remember when a warthog ran by our safari vehicle, one of the people in our group started singing ‘Hakuna matata’. And then when we saw lions up on a rock, they all said, ‘Oh, look, it looks like Lion King’. This story has become a frame of reference that everybody now knows and accepts.”


“It pops up in music, on TV shows, in comedy routines, as part of sketches. It’s continually referenced. It’s such a deep part of our culture that it felt like there was a tremendous opportunity to build on that and to retell the story in a different medium.”


Directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver and Karen Gilchrist, The Lion King will release in India on July 19 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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