Jon Favreau Signs on for ‘The Lion King’ CG Musical, The ‘Jungle Book’ Sequel


Walt Disney Studios today officially confirmed that director Jon Favreau is putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit The Jungle Book, directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.

The Lion King builds on Disney’s success of reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience with films like Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. The upcoming Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. Like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King will include songs from the animated film. Disney and Favreau are also in development on a sequel to The Jungle Book. No release date has been announced for either film.

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SPECULATION: ‘The Lion King’ Broadway Production to Offer Online Lottery

As we all are well aware, Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King’ — now in its 18th year — is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, having recently outperformed ‘Cats’ to take the #3 position. In addition, the show has also destroyed box office records, consistently outselling nearly selling out every performance with an average ticket price that puts most other open runs to shame. Therefore, the show has seen little reason to offer incentives many other shows — including other Disney Theatrical titles — do, such as discounted tickets through TDF, rush tickets or lottery.

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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Host Free ‘The Circle of Life’ Performance on October 30, RSVP Required

In celebration of ‘The Lion King’s’ upcoming 18th anniversary, the public is invited to be a part of a packed house to cheer on the thrilling ‘Circle of Life’ as the Broadway production of ‘The Lion King’ captures its first production footage since shortly after opening in 1997. The event will be held on October 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (audience members are asked be present the entire time).

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PHOTOS: ‘The Lion King’ Cast to Guest Star on CBS’ ‘Code Black’

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It’s normally a jungle in the emergency room of CBS’ ‘Code Black’ television drama series, but on November 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, things are about to get straight up wild in an episode titled ‘The Son Rises.’ Alton Fitzgerald White, the lead of the touring company of ‘The Lion King’ with a record-breaking 4,000 performance of Mufasa under his belt, and eight other members of ‘The Lion King’ touring cast will guest on the show. Photos from the episode have been provided to us by Disney Theatrical and can be found embedded below.

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‘The Lion Guard’ Movie and Series Inspired by ‘The Lion King’ Begins Production

Kion (Disney Channel)Disney Television Animation has begun production on ‘The Lion Guard,’ an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film The Lion King. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, ‘The Lion Guard’ television movie will premiere in Fall 2015, and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.

The wildlife education experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on ‘The Lion Guard’ stories, which will incorporate themes of conservation, family and community while also highlighting problem-solving, creative thinking and diversity. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for January 4, 2014 (13 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for January 4, 2014 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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New Disney Arrivals at Hot Topic for June 13, 2013 (27 Items)

New Hot Topic arrivals for June 13, 2013 Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at Hot Topic. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Hot Topic in another window. Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability. Disclosure: This post includes specially formatted links which allow the site to receive a small percentage of purchases made through them. Using these links does not affect your shopping experience in any way, but it does help the site. Even if you don’t purchase anything, even just sharing products you like through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using the icons below them will help the site.

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D23 Expo: Disney Theatrical to Provide Star-Studded History of Disney Theater with ‘Broadway and Beyond’

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club is thrilled to announce a special theatrical performance, Broadway and Beyond. Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions will host a musical journey into Disney’s history on Broadway and beyond at the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event. The performance features an all-star line-up, including Heidi Blickenstaff (‘The Little Mermaid’), Ashley Brown (‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’), Merle Dandridge (‘Tarzan’ and ‘Aida’), Josh Strickland (‘Tarzan®’) and Alton Fitzgerald White (‘The Lion King’), who sing beloved songs from the award-winning musicals they starred in as well as classic tunes from the Disney on Broadway catalogue.

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New DisneyStore Arrivals and Sales for December 10, 2012 (865 Items)

New Disney Store arrivals and sales for December 10, 2012

Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at Disney Store. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Disney Store in another window.

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Mickey Mouse Diamond Oval Earrings Mickey Mouse Diamond Oval Earrings – $1187.50The scooped oval design of these earrings is given extra sparkle with the addition of a genuine full-cut diamond Mickey icon. Elegantly crafted in your choice of platinum, 14 karat or 18 karat gold tones for our Disney Dream Collection.

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The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Mini Glass Set The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Mini Glass Set – $10.50You’ll be the toast of Broadway with our pair of Mufasa mini glasses inspired by The Lion King: The Broadway Musical. These stylish souvenirs of the big show make a great toothpick holder too!

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Vinylmation Zooper Heroes Series - 3 Vinylmation Zooper Heroes Series – 3” – $9.95Bring out the animal in your Vinylmation collection with the Zooper Heroes Series 3” figures. Set to rescue the animal kingdom, the 11 known designs and mystery figure are blind boxed so you won’t know which one you have until you open it.

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Tinker Bell Cel - Pixie Perfect Tinker Bell Cel – ”Pixie Perfect” – $495.00Savor fine Disney animation art with a ”Multiplane” replica Tinker Bell cel by Courvoisier Galleries, hand inked and painted from original drawings used in Peter Pan, and mounted with foreground and background elements.

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Dumbo Cel - Lets Go Dumbo Cel – ”Let’s Go” – $495.00Savor fine Disney animation art with the ”Let’s Go” cel by Courvoisier Galleries. Hand inked and painted from original drawings used in Dumbo, this dramatic artwork is mounted and framed to bring the film’s lasting charm to your home.

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Vinylmation - Zooper Heroes Series Tray Vinylmation – Zooper Heroes Series Tray – $238.80Bring out the animal in your Vinylmation collection with the Zooper Heroes Series. Now you can get a sealed tray of 24 individual boxes with the entire assortment of 3” Zooper Heroes figures.

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The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Magnet Set The Lion King: The Broadway Musical Magnet Set – $20.50The Lion King: The Broadway Musical is a big draw in New York City, and this magnificent tin-boxed set of 20 souvenir magnets will be equally drawn to your refrigerator, metal desk, or any magnetic surface!

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Mickey Mouse Diamond Earrings Mickey Mouse Diamond Earrings – $1625.00A genuine full-cut diamond Mickey icon adds dazzle to the hoop on these earrings. Available in platinum, and 14 karat and 18 karat golds of different colors, these earrings make an elegant addition to our Disney Dream Collection.

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Mickey Mouse Icon Diamond Swirl Ring for Women Mickey Mouse Icon Diamond Swirl Ring for Women – $1437.50Mickey sets the gold standard with this dazzling ring. A genuine full-cut diamond Mickey icon is framed by a swirling design set within two gold bands. Available in a choice of yellow or white gold from our Disney Dream Collection.

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Mickey Mouse Icon Diamond Ring for Women Mickey Mouse Icon Diamond Ring for Women – $1187.50Three genuine full-cut diamonds form a Mickey icon set within three bands of 14 karat gold on this dazzling Mickey Mouse ring. Available in yellow or white gold, it’s an elegant addition to our Disney Dream Collection.

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Report: Free ‘Inside the Lion King’ Exhibit Opens in New York for Limited Time

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On November 13, 1997, Disney brought the staged, musical adaptation of its animated smash, The Lion King, to Broadway. Fifteen years later, it is now the the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history, contains to sell out nightly and consistently has one of the top box-office intakes out of the dozens of theatrical offerings on Broadway alone.

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