HOLLYWOOD – Jon Favreau’s classic live action film The Lion King is to become a cartoon.

Jon Favreau‘s classic 2019 film The Lion King is to get a remake. Disney announced today that it is planning to film a new version of the classic tale as a cartoon. Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Pumba and Timon will all return. The songs including the hits Hakuna Matata and The Circle of Life by Tim Rice and Elton John will also feature.

Director Roger Allers told the Studio Exec:

We have the utmost respect for Jon Favreau and his team and what they did with the story. In fact, it’s quite daunting to think of following in the footsteps of the guy who made Iron Man 2. But Disney came to us and said, we like this story but do you think it could work as animation? Of course, I was nervous but I tried to hide it. I’ll do my best.

Will you use the same voice actors that Favreau used?

No, absolutely not. Donald Glover undoubtedly made Simba his own and there’s not much we can do to compete with that. So I’d rather try and strike out on my own and present a whole new generation of voices. For instance, Jeremy Irons is thinking of helping us out and the wonderful Matthew Broderick is on board.

Matthew Broderick told the SE:

I’m very excited by this prospect. In a way I feel it’s a return to familiar territory for me.

Because you actually played…

Ferris Bueller! That’s right. And Simba is the same kind of kid as Ferris. He’s witty and breaks the rules. And I can give him that cockiness.

However, not everyone is happy at the prospect. Jon Favreau recently told the New York Times:

This is bullshit. Why can’t they leave well alone. We spent two years creating photorealistic images of big cats and then they’re going to come along and remake it with what? Like drawings? Moving drawings? It’s totally bull crap and I don’t care who knows about it.

The Lion King is due out in 2024.


BELGIUM – Tom Six’s The Human Centipede follows in the footsteps of Billy Elliot and Spider-man to become the latest movie to be transformed into a big Broadway musical. 

With Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence in cinemas at the moment the popularity of the digestive horror franchise has never been higher and some analysts are surprised only that it hasn’t made the move earlier. Theater critic Xavier Poulis said:

Human Centipede is an absolutely obvious choice for Broadway adaptation. It has physical movement, a strong central idea and it is genuinely moving. The team assembled are top class and I can see Human Centipede challenging the likes of Les Miserables for longevity.

Tim Rice has already written the book and Andrew Lloyd Webber is busy putting the finishing touches to what he calls ‘the sickest shit I’ve ever done.’

The first songs have leaked (never was the word more appropriate) onto the internet, with such promising titles as ‘He’s got the Whole World in his Glands’ and ‘You’ll find an End in Me’. James Purefoy will take the role of the mad scientist whose anatomical experiment has terrible consequences for Andrew Garfield, Rachel McAdams and Carey Mulligan.

An overexcited Tim Rice said:

We’ve missed in some classics, like Scott Walker’s ‘Get Behind Me’ and the evergreen favorite ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, with some of our original songs like ‘Arse horizon’ and the fantastic post-operation ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ which we’ve changed to ‘Smm mmmml mmw ooo’ because it’s sung by the one in the middle.

The Human Centipede Sings! is due to open early in 2016.


NEW YORK –  The hit Kevin James ‘comedy’ Here Comes the Boom was everything cinema can be and more, and so it comes as no surprise that Andrew Lloyd Webber is putting on a major musical/theatrical ‘re-imagining’: Here Comes the Boom: the Musical on Broadway.

John Goodman is to play Scott Voss, a biology teacher who has to become a mixed martial arts fighter in order to raise money to pay for the school’s extra-curricular activities. Mr. Goodman said:

I was drawn to the morality and the social conscience of the piece. Who – after all – is talking about the failing school system in popular entertainment, if not ‘friends of the people’ Frank Coraci and Kevin James? Plus I love the songs.

The Lord Lloyd Webber has completed the score with lyrics by Tim Rice, and the first two songs – ‘I Will, I Will, I Will (Punch Him in the Face)’ and ‘I’m a Biology Teacher (Not A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter)’ – are due for release early next week. Although the award winning writer of Evita and Cats did express some trepidation about the project:

Both the vision of Frank Coraci and the towering brilliance of Mr. Kevin James are difficult to rival. I tremble to even approach the material. And yet when I was watching the film for the fifth or sixth time I began to hum these tunes. And before I knew it, they had almost written themselves.

Nathan Lane will play Marty Strebb and Anne Hathaway takes the role of Bella Flores made famous by Salma Hayek. 

Here Comes the Boom: the Musical will open early in 2014.