Disney to make live-action ‘Lion King’

Simba the lion right, confronts his uncle Scar in this image from the "Lion King." A Christian group that claims ``The Lion King'' briefly shows the word ``sex'' says there are also risque scenes in two other popular Disney feature cartoons. The anti-abortion group, based in Stafford, Va., maintains there is the audible message ``Good teen-agers, take off your clothes'' in ``Aladdin'' and, in ``The Little Mermaid,'' a wedding officiate becomes visibly sexually aroused. Disney spokesman Rick Rhoades said Friday Sept. 1, 1995 that the league is imagining things in all three films and that the company is not recalling video tapes of ``The Lion King.'' (AP Photo/Disney)

NEW YORK (AP) — The animated classic “The Lion King” will be the latest Disney film to get a live-action remake.

Disney announced Wednesday that Jon Favreau, who helmed the box-office hit “Jungle Book” remake, will direct the new “Lion King.” He’s also at work on a “Jungle Book” sequel.

The circle of life now inevitably leads to live-action remakes for Disney classics. The new “Lion King” follows in the wake of similar remakes for “The Jungle Book,” ”Cinderella,” ”Pete’s Dragon” and the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast.”

The original 1994 “Lion King” grossed $968.8 million and won two Oscars, including one for the Elton John song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

The Grammy-winning soundtrack sold more than 14 million copies. And the hit Broadway musical has been running for 19 years.