The Lion King star Billy Eichner has spoken out and given his opinion on the debate about whether Disney's latest live-action offering is really live-action at all.
There are a couple of movie types that have been dominating the cinema industry for the past few years. The main one is, of course, superhero movies. In particular, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, remakes of beloved classics are in a close second. You could even throw a couple of superhero movies into that bracket too, such as Spider-Man and the constantly rebooted Batman franchise.
Outside of the superhero sphere, live-action remakes of animated classics are proving to be extremely popular right now. It is a bandwagon that Disney is currently riding as fast as it possibly can. The Jungle Book remake was an unmitigated hit, and Beauty and the Beast's live-action retelling broke the $1 billion mark at the box office.
This summer, that barrier might well be broken again. That's because, in July, the latest chapter of Disney's live-action series will hit theaters in the form of The Lion King. Perhaps the most adored Disney animated movie of all time and judging by the first trailer, the remake looks like it will be just as good. However, fans are split on whether the movie can truly be referred to as live-action.
That's because, as you likely already know, all of the characters in The Lion King are animals. Those animals will all be CGI since we sadly haven't yet discovered a way to train them to be great actors quite yet. Billy Eichner, who voices Timon in the remake, said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen that he sort of agrees with those who claim the upcoming movie is not true live-action. "I personally don’t see it as live-action, it is hyperrealistic animation. I’ve seen parts of it and it is gorgeous," Eichner admitted.
Whatever side of the fence you land on, 2019 is going to be a big year for Disney in the live-action game. Not only do we have The Lion King to look forward to, but remakes of Dumbo and Aladdin will also hit the big screen this year. Plus, for the non-Disney aficionado, let's not forget Detective Pikachu is coming before any of those.