The Lion King – another live-action remake placed in the hands of Jon Favreau – is one of the most highly anticipated summer blockbusters. While Avengers: Endgame tops the list for movies destined to break box office records, Disney’s live-action The Lion King is expected to do some damage, despite lacking the Marvel mantle.
From the impressive ensemble, including Beyonce Knowles as Nala, James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Donald Glover playing Simba, fans have not expressed gripe regarding the casting. How could anyone scoff at such a talented line-up?
Following Jon Favreau’s success with The Jungle Book, Disney likely entrusted him with The Lion King feeling confident that he would bring the film into a contemporary landscape while paying homage to the original 1994 movie. However, after the trailer dropped and recent news surrounding missing musical numbers began surfacing, fans started worrying and took to various outlets to express their concerns.
Will the 2019 movie musical walk away too far from its predecessor? Will it miss the magic the original retained? By taking on newer technology and a more modern “vibe,” many fans feel the movie will fail to be The Lion King they remember. So, let’s highlight the major concerns fans have been citing on the internet, and break them all down.
The trailer for Disney’s 2019 ‘The Lion King’ seems a bit dark
Many fans – who are now new parents with young children – felt that the trailer previewing Scar and the coyotes at the start was a bit too dark for children of a certain age. The Lion King, first and foremost, should be a family friendly movie, and many feel that Scar lost his signature sense of superiority – one formerly less fraught with fear and moreso filled with omniscience – in favor of one relying on intimidation. Is this the Scar we remember?
With CGI technology at the creators’ disposal, it was assumed that the film would immediately feel more realistic; thus, the dark themes feel heightened as a result. Many fans argue that it was the responsibility of those behind the production to re-lighten the material in response to the uncontrollable shift.
Scar takes on a rather harrowing appearance, once coupling his skinny figure and evil-grinned expression. Not to mention, the coyotes feel more “focused” and less ridiculous; however, the movie will likely stay true to the origins with this issue, as Eric Andres is set to take on the role of Azizi. However, will the dumb and funny coyote be replaced for a more maniacal and darkly humorous one to match the movie’s apparent newfound tone? We will have to wait and see.
On the other hand, many fans are satisfied with the darker trailer, as it shows just how serious the nature of this story was, and works to depict Scar’s vile character in a more contemporary way, aligning more with today’s versions of villains. Yet, accuracy and poignancy aside, will young children (under the age of ten) be a bit too scared?
It has been reported that several musical numbers will be cut from Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’
While Skyler Shuler (Disney Insider and Editor-in-Chief of DisInsider) wrote on Twitter that “Be Prepared” would indeed be in The Lion King after reports indicated it would be dropped, many fans are still waiting on final confirmation from those behind the movie. Dropping the villain’s number in a musical would be a blasphemous decision and replacing it would pose a significant risk.
You can’t have The Lion King without “Be Prepared.” You don’t have The Little Mermaid without “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” etc. So, let’s hope “Be Prepared” finds its way into the movie. Chiwetel Ejiofor can handle the vocals; he sang in the movie version of Kinky Boots and 12 Years a Slave. However, “Be Prepared” may not have been the only number up for the chopping block.
According to Den of Geek, Elton John reportedly told The Sun:
“There’s going to be four of our songs in the film, from the original: ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ ‘Hakuna Matata,’ ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,’ and ‘Circle of Life.’ And then there will be an end, closing song…”
After this news, many flocked to the internet to express their dissatisfaction around the absence of “Be Prepared” and other famous musical numbers. So, it looks like you will have to wait for the soundtrack to be released to see how many of your favorite musical numbers made it back in the remake. However, only four original numbers would be a bit disappointing.