John Favreau

Director Jon Favreau discusses The Lion King

July 28, 2019 A DGA Q&A in Los Angeles

The classic animated Disney musical is brought to stunning life in Director Jon Favreau’s new fantasy feature, The Lion King.

Favreau’s film tells the story of a lion cub crown prince named Simba, whose path to the throne is usurped by his evil uncle Scar. After Scar murders King Mufasa, he tricks Simba into fleeing, making him think he was the cause of his father’s death. Finding a refuge with other misfit animals, Simba grows to adulthood only to be called back to his home to face down Scar and accept his responsibilities as the leader of his pride.

Following the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on July 28, Favreau sat down with Director Sam Raimi (Oz the Great and Powerful) to discuss the challenges of remaking a beloved animated film like The Lion King, bringing it to life via groundbreaking technologies married with standard directorial techniques.

In addition to The Lion King, Favreau’s directorial credits include the feature films Made, Elf, Iron Man, Chef and The Jungle Book; the movies for television Smog and Bad Cop, Bad Cop; the pilots for the series Young Sheldon, In Case of Emergency, Revolution and About a Boy; and episodes of The Orville, The Office and The Chef Show. Favreau, who also serves as the Third Vice President of the DGA, has been a member of the Guild since 1997.

You can listen to Favreau's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Elisa Haber - Print courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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