Here’s Why The Lion King Should Never Be Remade

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Following the successful remake of the Jungle Book, Disney has thought it to be a great idea to remake The Lion King. The remake is officially on a fast track to production and It could be released as early as 2017 or in 2018. There is no current release date though, that’s just speculation. And this is an outright, terrible idea.

It’s a terrible idea because one of the main proponents of why The Lion King was so successful for me was the voice actors. And you can’t replace that. There are already talks online of people saying that Lupita Nyong’O should play adult Nala. Like, I’m sorry, that just doesn’t work. Imagine Mufasa being played by someone other than James Earl Jones. You won’t get magical scenes like the one below if that were to happen.

And this could potentially be an amazing remake. It could be just as successful as The Jungle Book remake, but that doesn’t matter. The original movie is already successful enough. According to Wikipedia, It’s the biggest animated movie of the last 50 years in terms of estimated attendance. And It’s ranked as the second-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide. Simply put, The Lion King is a timeless, classic movie.

The scene above incapsulates that. Matthew Broderick is Simba. He is the actor who voiced Simba. I can’t imagine Simba any other way. Robert Guillaume, the voice actor behind Rafiki, there’s no other way. Broderick, Jones and Guillaume make this scene so heartbreakingly stunning. How do you remake that?

And I know, The Lion King is one of my all time favourite movies and of course, I’d be the person to say that I don’t want anyone ever touching this movie because of what It means to me, but from a logical stand point, it doesn’t make sense. It’s been reported that Disney has plans to feature the original Lion King soundtrack in the reboot. How are they going to do that when the voice actors from the original are the voices behind the songs?

Jeremy Irons who voiced Scar is the voice behind the song from the movie, “Be Prepared.” Jason Weaver, who was young Simba is the voice behind the song, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.” If they remake these songs with new voices, I’m just going to be boycott the movie all together because that’s nonsense. It’s like when they remade We Are The World for Haiti, I mean, It was obviously for a great cause, but the song should have never been touched. And you know why? Because the original voices behind the original song made the song timeless and classic.

Now from a fan stand point, I would love to see The Lion King on the screen again. I was born in 1995, a year after the Lion King was released. The only reason why I was able to see it in theatres was when they brought it back in 2011 for the 3D version. And 10 years from now, I want people to continue to love this movie like I do, but this version of the movie, not some new version that will never capture the same magic as this one did. Like I said, this could potentially be an amazing remake, but it’s just not needed. And it doesn’t make sense. And I’m not trying to see Mufasa die again.


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