Disney’s photorealistic computer animated (don’t call it live-action!) Lion King is going to be big. How could it not be? It boasts an incredible cast, and the nostalgia factor alone all but guarantees boffo box office. And yet, the footage released so far has taken great pains to avoid showing the photorealistic animals speaking. A new Lion King TV spot continues that trend, relying entirely on the gravitas-filled voiceover work of James Earl Jones. Watch The Lion King TV spot below.
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Remember Gwyneth Paltrow in Spider-Man: Homecoming? If not, don’t feel too bad – she forgot about it, too. The actress has a quick cameo near the end of the movie, but that’s apparently news to her. Paltrow appears on Jon Favreau’s new Netflix series The Chef Show, in which Favreau – who was also in Homecoming – remind the actress of their scene together. The revelation seems to utterly baffle Paltrow. Watch her reaction below.
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One of the biggest blockbusters of the summer will undoubtedly be Disney’s remake of The Lion King. The movie will bring the animated classic to life using photorealistic visual effects, making the animals look just as they in the real world, but still letting them talk and sing just as they did in the original 1994 movie.
However, ever since the first trailer came out, fans have been wondering exactly how The Lion King remake will differentiate itself from the original movie. A lot of the footage in the trailers have been shots and moments taken directly from the original movie with a “live-action” makeover. So what makes this worth seeing? The answer to The Lion King comparison query lies somewhere between nostalgia and innovation. Read More »
Unlike some recent live-action Disney remakes, technology is a big part of the raison d’être for Jon Favreau‘s The Lion King. While the director incorporated some live-action elements into 2016’s The Jungle Book, this version of The Lion King does not feature any human characters. That means the entire film is being created using computer graphics, resulting in some breathtakingly realistic depictions of not only the African savannah, but the animals that inhabit it.
So how should we all refer to this movie? It’s not live-action, so should we be calling it an animated film? During our visit to the set, someone posed that question to Favreau, and his response was more complicated than I anticipated. Read More »
’90s kids may remember experiencing their first trauma while watching the beloved 1994 animated The Lion King, a film that depicted the surprisingly dark elements of death and betrayal. It’s a tradition that director Jon Favreau will have to uphold in his upcoming remake of The Lion King, which will feature photorealistic CGI versions of the cute cartoon animals that nonetheless turned many a poor child into a sobbing mess.
But with that new layer realism comes a new responsibility for Favreau: how will he balance the story’s dark elements in The Lion King remake story and tone? In a set visit interview with /Film, Favreau explained how he struck that balance between making a realistic tragedy and appealing to today’s children.
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In December 2017, I drove to Playa Vista, California to visit the set of Disney’s The Lion King. Our full set visit report is still under embargo for now, but we are allowed to publish our conversation with director Jon Favreau, who joined our small group of journalists for an extended interview.
Much of the set visit was spent discussing the technical aspects of how the film was coming together, but this talk with Favreau is a bit more personal. He explained why he wanted to make this movie (despite the fact that the animated original “still holds up really, really well”), what speaks to him about this story, crafting the tone of the movie, how different this is from the animated version, this film’s music, and why he cast Donald Glover and Beyonce in the lead roles. Read the highlights of our Jon Favreau interview below. Read More »
Robert Downey Jr., Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer are among the 11 people this year who have been named legends. Disney Legends. A title bestowed upon the best and brightest stars at the Walt Disney Company, and their various subsidiaries like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, Disney Legend is one of the coolest honors that an actor or creative could receive. See who is among the new 2019 Disney Legends below.
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Eleven years, twenty-two movies, and more than $20 billion ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began under the direction of the guy from Swingers. Jon Favreau kicked things off back in 2008 with Iron Man and followed that up two years later with Iron Man 2, and he hasn’t directed an MCU-related project since. But it sounds like that might, maybe, possibly change at some point down the road, and during our interview with him on the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home, he addressed the chances of coming back and even his humorous idea for a potential Iron Man 4.
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On the May 8, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson to discuss visiting the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home and we will play interviews with stars Jon Favreau and Tom Holland.
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On the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home, a handful of journalists and I watched a scene being filmed in which Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan tries to protect Peter Parker’s high school friends from an unseen threat in the Tower of London. Glass cases were smashed, pyrotechnics were being utilized, and the kids – standing in a defensive pose, armed with ancient weapons they seemingly grabbed from exhibits in the Tower, but certain they were facing death in only a few short seconds – all began revealing their regrets and secrets. Some were funny (“I dream to be an influencer, but I buy all my followers,” admitted Flash Thompson), some were sad (“I have a fake ID, but I’ve never used it,” said Betty Brant), but Happy Hogan’s was the most surprising of them all.
Read on to find out what he said and to read our full Jon Favreau interview, who took some time away from filming to tell us about Happy’s role in this superhero sequel, managing his time between all of the projects he’s working on, and the possibility of an Iron Man 4. Read More »