Recently, the first teaser for the new ‘live action’ (CG) version of The Lion King dropped.
My reaction to this is pretty much “Okay, what’s the point of this again?”
Don’t get me wrong; the visuals look pretty fantastic, and there’s a definite ‘cool factor’ to it. But if they’re going to be this slavish about it as to be practically shot-for-shot (it’s been a while since I’ve seen the original, but I don’t think there was one clearly new shot in the whole trailer), then why bother? This is obviously an extremely expensive film, so what’s the point of spending so much money just so you can claim that it’s now ‘live action’ (which it isn’t, obviously)?
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Disney felt that all the money they made off of The Last Jedi was tainted and wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible. But I don’t think they have that much of a conscience (and besides, between A Wrinkle In Time and Solo, they’ve probably spent it already).
My one positive really is that I’m fairly sure it won’t be as slavish as it looks, just because Jon Favreau is too good a director for that. I can’t imagine he would have agreed to do the film at all if they were just going to force him to copy the original beat for beat. Still, not really very excited about this, and the Disney remake train is definitely growing old. I shudder to think what Uncle Walt would think of all this, given his dislike of repetition. These days, Disney isn’t just trying to top pigs with pigs, they’re trying to reanimate the bacon so they can sell the same pig over again.