Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation of ‘The Lion King’ Will Be Available on Disney+ Starting January 28, 2020
The wait is almost over, Lion King fans. Soon, Simba, Nala and the gang will join the list of characters already housed on Disney+ — that is, the 2019 adaptation of the original animated film. Is Disney’s Golden Globe-nominated movie available on its streaming platform? Here’s what we know about The Lion King’s impending premiere date on Disney+.
Disney’s photo-real remake of the animated movie, ‘The Lion King’ premiered in 2019
Over 20 years passed since the original The Lion King premiered. In 2019, Disney remade their film with CGI technology and an cast of A-list actors. The movie starred Donald Glover (adult Simba,) Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (adult Nala,) James Earl Jones (Mufasa,) Seth Rogen (Pumbaa,) and Billy Eichner (Timon.)
“Everybody’s got their own formula. I’m not saying this is the way you do it, but it’s the way I’ve done it,” director Jon Favreau said during an interview with Variety. “You don’t want to reinvent it completely. You want people to see it and be able to say, ‘I saw The Lion King.’ Just like when I went to see the play. I went to see the play. I had seen the movie, and I said, ‘I saw The Lion King.‘ Now the play is an hour longer and has different songs, different scenes but somehow it captured the essence of the film. You would casually say it’s the same exact story.”
In its time at the box office, the movie surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming one of the year’s most popular movies, alongside films like Frozen 2 and Avengers: Endgame. Soon, fans will be able to stream this movie anytime, thanks to Disney’s subscription service, Disney+. Recently, the company announced the 2019 version of The Lion King will premiere on Disney+ during January 2020.
Will the 2019 version of ‘The Lion King’ be available on Disney+?
We have good news for fans of this photo-real blockbuster. Disney announced earlier in December that this adaptation will be available on their streaming platform starting on Jan. 28, 2020. According to their website, this is due to “existing agreements.”
This is not the only remake to be available on Disney+. On Jan. 8, 2020, the live-action adaptation of Aladdin will be available on this subscription service. Currently, remade movies like The Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, Dumbo, and Cinderella are all available for binge-watching.
Until the 2019 version of The Lion King premieres, fans can watch the original animated version of The Lion King on this streaming platform. Additionally, there are sequels and spin-offs of The Lion King available with this subscription service.
Spin-offs of the original ‘The Lion King’ are also streamable on Disney+
The original movie released in 1994 is available on Disney’s streaming platform. However, Disney released plenty of Lion King-related content over the years, now available on their streaming platform.
Movies and television show spin-offs now on Disney+ include The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, The Lion King 1½, and Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard. Thanks to Disney’s partnership with National Geographic, fans can also learn more about lions, with documentaries like Tree Climbing Lions.