Disney’s Live-Action ‘The Lion King’ Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

Jon Favreau’s remake takes date of “Untitled Indiana Jones” movie, which has been pushed back by a year

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Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King” will be released on July 19, 2019, the studio announced on Tuesday.

Jon Favreau’s movie takes the spot of the “Untitled Indiana Jones” movie that has now moved back a year to July 10, 2020.

1994’s “The Lion King” is one of the biggest animated films of all time, having grossed $968.8 million globally over its lifetime. It won an Academy Award for the original song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” as well as its original score by Hans Zimmer.

Meanwhile, Favreau’s live-action “The Jungle Book” was also a smash hit, earning $965.8 million worldwide after it hit theaters last April.

Other Disney live-action films based on iconic properties include “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and last month’s “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle.

Jeff Nathanson wrote the script for the live-action “Lion King,” which is considered one of the pinnacles of Disney’s animated movies.

Donald Glover will voice Simba, while James Earl Jones is set to reprise as Mufasa.

Currently, there is no other movie slated for release on July 19, 2019.