There's been some debate as to whether Disney's upcoming Lion King remake is live-action or animated, as the movie relies on computer graphics. Even director Jon Favreau doesn't seem entirely sure.
When asked by /Film if Lion King should be called animated or live-action, Favreau, replied, “Well, it’s difficult because it’s neither, really. It depends what standard you’re using. Because there’s no real animals and there’s no real cameras and there’s not even any performance that’s being captured that’s underlying data that’s real. Everything is coming through the hands of artists."
"But to say it’s animated I think is misleading as far as what the expectations might be," he continued. "And it also changes the way you sit and watch it. Because hopefully, you could just watch it without it being introduced. If we put up that Rafiki footage and didn’t say what it was, some people might know, some people might not know how it was done, but it causes you to be present and mindful and pay attention because you’re trying to figure out what you’re looking at. And that’s a great disposition to be in as an audience member."
Favreau has directed many popular films, including 2003's Elf, 2011's Cowboys & Aliens and 2014's Chef. He is also an accomplished actor, appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark's right-hand-man, Happy Hogan. Favreau will reprise his role as Happy in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Opening July 19, director Jon Favreau's The Lion King stars Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.