Welcome Back To Pride Rock: Disney's Live-Action 'Lion King' Is Coming To Theaters

Welcome Back To Pride Rock: Disney's Live-Action 'Lion King' Is Coming To Theaters

"Hakuna Matata: It Means No Worries" because "The Lion King" is back and better than ever.

Walt Disney’s "The Lion King" is a Disney classic and has been a fan favorite since its release in Summer 1994. Well, Simba “Just Can’t Wait to be King” once again as Disney has decided to produce a live-action remake of the original movie.

Jon Favreau, the director of the new film, has joined with Disney to create the production. In a recent press release, The Walt Disney Company said, “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. The project follows the technologically groundbreaking smash hit "The Jungle Book," directed by Favreau, which debuted in April and has earned $965.8 million worldwide.”

As a dedicated Disney Classics fan, I attended the showing of "The Jungle Book" the first week that it appeared in theaters and must say that Favreau did a splendid job. It is difficult to capture the original content, emotion, and action that the first movie held while also transforming it into a real-life, modern version; and because "The Lion King" is one of the biggest animated productions in the world, winning Academy and Grammy Awards, turning it into a Broadway musical that won several Tony Awards, and having a lifetime global box office gross of $968.8 million, people from all over the world have high hopes for this movie.

It has not yet been released when the movie will be released in theaters. However, it has been announced that the remake will feature some of its most popular hits from the original movie.

Favreau has continued the excitement for the upcoming movie with his recent Instagram post:

We’re excited too, Jon, we’re excited too.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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