Bob Iger, left, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Firm, poses with “The Lion King” forged member Beyonce, heart, and the movie’s director Jon Favreau on the premiere of the movie on the El Capitan Theatre, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Picture by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) The Related Press
By KATIE CAMPIONE, Related Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s “The Lion King” has acquired no scarcity of remakes and spinoffs within the years since its unique 1994 launch. Now, because the movie nears its silver anniversary, Disney delivers a brand new tackle the animated musical.
Forged and crew gathered in Hollywood for “The Lion King” world premiere Tuesday night time, and mentioned reimagining the traditional.
“I think I’m really lucky, because I feel like a lot of the people who are experiencing it don’t remember the first one,” joked Donald Glover, who voices grownup Simba.
“(The original film) is such a big part of who I was,” Glover continued, including he felt the burden of his position particularly throughout his duet of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” with co-star Beyoncé.
“Tackling it was really just trying to make the song feel as emotional as it was before,” he mentioned.
Whereas the remake pays homage to the supply materials, a brand new strategy allowed for extra artistic liberties than its predecessor, many forged and crew famous.
Hans Zimmer, who composed the unique movie’s underscore, mentioned he was excited to provide new compositions in addition to revamp unique music cues.
“This time, I could breathe,” he mentioned, explaining that a few of his music was carried out too quick the primary time round. “I could let them play properly. I could do things with them that I never did before.”
Composer Lebo M. mentioned the remake will characteristic tunes from the unique, and a bunch of latest songs, in addition to the anthem “He Lives in You,” which debuted within the stage manufacturing.
“We wrote it originally for the movie 25 years ago, and it made its mark on Broadway and around the world, and it’s now a very special version in this movie soundtrack,” he mentioned. “The music department, we went crazy.”
At occasions, so did the forged.
Actor Billy Eichner, who voices Timon, mentioned director Jon Favreau (who additionally helmed Disney’s current “The Jungle Book”) allowed him to file his voiceovers alongside his co-star Seth Rogen, the voice of Pumbaa. Most voice actors do the job solo.
“I think it all comes back to Jon Favreau for being brilliant and knowing how to do a big spectacular film that people can also relate to and make it feel organic and genuinely funny,” Eichner mentioned. “Even when Donald Glover came in to do ‘Hakuna Matata’ in our scenes together, we were all riffing. We kept it very organic and very raw, and I think the movie hopefully benefits from that.”
Glover shared an analogous sentiment about Favreau, saying the director’s imaginative and prescient for the remake is the rationale he signed on.
“The story of us all being connected is a universal truth that we really can’t ignore anymore,” he mentioned. “If we don’t really like see the value of our lives together what’s the point of all this? Because we’re all connected.”
AP Leisure author Mike Cidoni Lennox contributed to this story.
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