The Lion King
- By KENNE HOFFMAN
- Photo Courtesy of Disney
When Walt Disney Pictures released The Lion King in 1994, its opening weekend box office topped $40,000,000 globally. The film won an Oscar for Best Musical Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and Original Score. In 1997, a stage adaptation opened on Broadway. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning six (Best Musical, Choreography, and Direction of a Musical along with Best Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designs of a Musical). It has played 9,010 performances to date and is still running.
Now, 25 years later, Walt Disney Pictures and director Jon Favreau bring us a re-imagined Photo Realistic Computer Animated version of The Lion King with composer Hans Zimmer returning to update the score. The Lion King is the story of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones, reprising his role), and Simba (Donald Glover, Solo A Star Wars Story), his son and Prince of the Pride Lands. Simba idolizes his father and takes his own royal destiny to heart hoping to one day follow in his father’s footsteps. Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave), Mufasa’s brother and former heir to the throne, has different plans. Ravaged by betrayal, drama, and tragedy, the Pride Lands are torn apart resulting in Simba’s self-imposed exile. The new Lion King focuses more on Simba’s time growing up than did the original film. We will see Simba’s transition from boy to man and the growing pains associated with having experienced the deep trauma of his father’s death.
“The Lion King” hits theaters July 19th.