It seemed fairly clear that when Jon Favreau went from directing The Jungle Book to The Lion King that the one job naturally led to the other. It almost felt like Jungle Book was meant only as a proof of concept, a test with a lesser property to make sure that The Lion King was going to work before Disney decided to invest in it. Favreau says there was only one shot at this. If you remake a classic and it bombs, it’s not like you can just do it again. Not for a couple decades anyway. Needless to say, it worked, The Jungle Book was actually a great movie in its own right.
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