Disney has been on a roll with its string of hits, and studio executives want to make sure the company maintains its winning streak at the box office with its upcoming The Lion King and “Jungle Book” movie sequels.
Released in 1994, The Lion King pulled in almost $1 billion in gate receipts worldwide, something that was totally unheard of during that time.
The animated film became such a massive hit that it even inspired a Broadway play of the same title which is still being performed across the globe.
On the other hand, Disney’s CGI-driven “Jungle Book,” which was released only a few months ago earned nearly $1 billion globally.
It seems that Disney wants to strike while the iron is hot, as the company confirmed last Wednesday that it has partnered with “Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau for the upcoming The Lion King movie sequel, reported BGR.
As the film will not reportedly include humans, there are speculations that it will not be a live action movie.
However, the good news is that the film will feature songs from the original film which could possibly include Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”
Disney likewise confirmed that the “Iron Man” director is also working on a “Jungle Book” sequel.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Lion King movie sequel will build upon what Favreau had achieved with “Jungle Book” and that is to bring to life a jungle and its wide array of animals using the power of cutting-edge digital technology.
It is understandable that Disney wants to pull out all the stops to ensure The Lion King sequel will be worth the wait.
The film is considered the gold standard of Disney’s animated productions, as well as a major turning point in the company’s history.
For many years, the movie ruled as the box office champ, hauling $968.8 million worldwide, including $422.8 million domestically.
Moreover, the film won Academy Awards for its original song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and original score, while its soundtrack sold more than 14 million copies.
As Disney gears up for the release of “The Lion King” and “Jungle Book” movie sequels, fans can only wait in anticipation and say “Hakuna matata!”