Disney has released a behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming The Lion King remake. The movie hits theaters next weekend and Disney is ramping up the promotional campaign in order to get as many people in theaters as possible. Luckily, the studio is expected to make upwards of $150 million when it debuts next week. Internationally, the remake is already off to a strong start in China, where it has already made $13.4 million. However, by the end of the weekend, estimates have The Lion King making around $50 million to $60 million.
Jon Favreau wanted to "honor the past" when making The Lion King reboot, but he says they also wanted to do something "fresh," in the latest look behind-the-scenes. When the movie was in development, many were under the assumption it was going to be a live-action remake. Instead, it is made with CGI. With that being said, Favreau went about shooting the movie as close to live-action as he could by having the actors in the same room and interacting with each other to get the right performances.
The Lion King looks visually stunning and there really has not been a movie like it before. It will surely go on to blaze some trails from a technological standpoint. By having the cast together while recording their lines, Jon Favreau was able to get a very human element of a very technical movie. Whether that comes across on the big screen is debatable. Though the movie has yet to open in North America, it has been getting some pretty bad reviews in terms of the storyline.
As of this writing, The Lion King is certified Rotten on the popular review site Rotten Tomatoes. It is currently tied with the Aladdin remake at 57%. Disney remakes are heavily divisive from a critical and fan standpoint. Some fans love them and think they are a fresh way to get kids into the magic of Disney, while others believe it is blasphemous. Whatever the case may be, they aren't going anywhere and the studio is set to make a lot of money from them. Aladdin wasn't very well received, but it has made over $920 billion at the box office, exceeding expectations.
The Lion King will more than likely be the king of the box office this summer, netting Disney another ace in the hole. The studio is currently on a major role with the release of their remakes, the Star Wars franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the recent acquisition of Fox. Avengers: Endgame is on its way to becoming the highest grossing movie of all time, possibly beating James Cameron's Avatar, which Disney now owns. They are in competition with themselves these days. The Lion King hits theaters next Friday, but you can check out the behind-the-scenes look at the movie below, thanks to the Walt Disney Studios YouTube channel.