Disney confirm Lion King live action remake

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Two people dressed as characters from the lion king.Getty Images
The new film will feature computer generated animals, not people in suits like these two.

Disney fans hold tight, as a live-action version of The Lion King has been announced.

The studios said in a statement: "We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production."

actors perform in the Lion King stage show.Getty Images
The Lion King has already enjoyed years of popularity as a musical on the stage

John Faveau directed recent hit, The Jungle Book, another live action remake of a popular animation released by Disney in 1967.

Disney said that the new film will feature all the songs from the original, so if you're a fan of the Circle of Life or Hakuna Matata, you're in luck!

Disney has been 'reimagining' a number of its old titles recently including Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, set for release in Spring 2017.