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Disney confirms live action Lion King film

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016

Disney has announced it is remaking animated classic The Lion King.

The studio is teaming up with director Jon Favreau for the new take on the 1994 children's film.

It follows the success of Disney's The Jungle Book remake, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has made PS742.7 million ($A1.3 billion) worldwide.

It is thought the reboot will be a live action version of the tale about young lion Simba.

Disney said: "We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new re-imagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production.

"The Lion King builds on Disney's success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book."

The movie will include songs from the animated movie.

The Lion King is one of the biggest animated films of all time.

It won Academy Awards for the original song Can You Feel The Love Tonight (which was composed by Sir Elton John, with lyrics from Tim Rice) and original score (Hans Zimmer), plus two Grammy Awards.

It has also been adapted for the stage all around the world.

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