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Jon Favreau to direct Lion King remake

Jon Favreau to direct Lion King remake

Jon Favreau is to direct a remake of 'The Lion King'.

Disney have confirmed the original 1994 movie will be given a live-action reboot and the filmmaker - who helmed this year's 'The Jungle Book' - admitted he is "excited" about the project.

In a tweet complete with emojis of a lion and a crown, he wrote: "Excited for my next project"

Disney have confirmed songs from the 1994 movie will feature in the new motion picture and admitted the movie is on the "fast-track to production".

Classic tunes from the film include 'Circle of Life', 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King', 'Be Prepared', 'Hakuna Matata' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight', which were written by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice.

'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' played out over the credits and went on to win Best Original Song at the 1995 Academy Awards.

Matthew Broderick voiced main character Simba in the original movie, while James Earl Jones lent his vocal talents to the role of Mufasa, Simba's father, and Jeremy Irons voiced Simba's evil uncle Scar.

Moira Kelly starred as Simba's wife Nala, and Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella were comedy duo Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog.

Comedian Rowan Atkinson voiced hornbill Zazu and Robert Guillaume was mandrill Rafiki.

The cast of the movie and the release date are yet to be confirmed.

Disney admitted the reimagining of 'The Lion King' will build on the success of similar movies, 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', and the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast'."