A photorealistic CGI remake of Disney’s 1994 animated film, about a lion cub named Simba who runs away into the Savannah after his evil uncle Scar kills his father and takes over the lion kingdom. On the photorealistic CGI elements, VFX supervisor Rob Legato explains: “I consider this just a movie, and this happened to be the best way to make it. We [made] it comfortable for Jon Favreau to come in and be able to direct as if it was a live-action film.” Disney’s The Lion King is directed by actor-producer-filmmaker Jon Favreau, director of the films Made, Elf, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Iron Man 1 & 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, and The Jungle Book previously. The screenplay is written by Jeff Nathanson, from a story by Brenda Chapman. Based on the original 1994 film written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, & Linda Woolverton. Featuring a new score by Hans Zimmer, and one new original song by Elton John and Tim Rice.