WATCH: Disney announces remake of 'The Lion King'

Jon Favreau is to direct the project, which will feature songs from the original

WATCH: Disney announces remake of 'The Lion King'

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Disney has announced 'The Lion King' is getting a remake.

Actor/director Jon Favreau is to direct the project.

This follows a revamp of 'The Jungle Book', which Favreau also directed earlier this year.

He made the announcement on his Facebook page with this simple post:

Disney say the project will be a "reimagining' of the 1994 film - but will include songs from the original.

It is thought it could be a live action version of the story.

'The Lion King' builds on Disney's reimagining its classics for a contemporary audience - with films like 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', and 'The Jungle Book'.

The upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast', starring Emma Watson as Belle, is due to be released in 2017.

The original 'Lion King' is one of the biggest animated films of all time - with a lifetime global box office gross of US$968.8m (€863.9m).

It won Academy Awards for the original song 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' and original score.

It also took two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling over 14 million copies.

In 1997, the stage production 'The Lion King' made its Broadway debut, winning six Tony Awards.

No release date for the new film has been announced.