You ever had one of those moments where you feel so utterly perplexed and frustrated by something that you flat-out go “What’s the point”? As of today, I’ve had one of those moments.
In a recent turn of events, Disney has announced that not only would they be adding one of their most cherished animated gems, The Lion King, to their growing collection of unnecessary remakes/reboots, but that Jon Favareu would also be at the helm of it in response to the positive reception of his take on The Jungle Book (which to be honest, I actually really liked). There is a myriad of reasons as to why the basic idea behind remaking a film as perfect as The Lion King is such a godawful idea, but no matter what we say or do, Disney is still going to go full-steam ahead with this for one measly, contemptible little reason; brand recognition. It’s the same reason as to why remakes and reboots of established properties such as Transformers, The Powerpuff Girls, and A Nightmare on Elm Street lack the heart and soul of their source material so badly, because the only thing that the people in suits see are the piles of dough they could be rolling in. And while I will say that there could be a chance of this being anything else than a disaster due to Favareu’s involvement, it still won’t change the fact that by the end of the day, trying to top what is already perfection ultimately equates to being entirely unnecessary. But then again, it’s not like anyone at Disney could be reading this. I’m just a guy running a semi-popular blog about obscure, old video games, after all.
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