Recently, Disney has released the first teaser trailer for the live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic Lion King. The teaser trailer very quickly surpassed 220 4.6 million views worldwide in 24 hours and also set a new record for Disney's most-viewed online trailers in the first 24 hours.
In comparison with the original, most of the shots from the new trailer are almost an exact recreation from the opening scene of the 1994 version. This makes those who love and honor the original film wondered if the new live-action version will be a shot-for-shot remake of the original. According to Sean Bailey, a Disney's film production chief, Disney's upcoming Lion King 2019 won't be exactly the same as the original film.
At first, the movie seems to be a shot-for-shot remake of the original film. However, there are a few key differences in the trailer which might indicate that it will not be a complete copy of the original.
The Lion King 2019 Official Trailer
"The Lion King is a revered and beloved movie," said Sean Bailey in an interview with THR. And for this reason, the film will "revere and love those parts that the audience wants", he added. Additionally, Bailey also claims that the 2019 Lion King remake will not be exactly the same as the 1994 animated classics version.
The production chief also determined whether the Lion King remake should be considered live-action or animation. "it is a new form of filmmaking. Historical definitions don't work", said Bailey. According to him, the Lion King remake used the many familiar techniques which have been used in The Jungle Book, but in a more progressive way. "It uses some techniques that would traditionally be called animation, and other techniques that would traditionally be called live action. It is an evolution of the technology Jon used in Jungle Book," said the chief.
The film will be premiered s on July 19, 2019 so we will have to wait until the Lion King comes out to know how all these changes will affect the whole story.