Disney’s New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

For the 26 million people who watched Friends in the mid-’90s, Jon Favreau was Pete Becker. Not the star filmmaker who would make Elf a holiday classic; or who’d launch the Marvel juggernaut by directing Iron Man; or who’d update The Jungle Book for the CGI generation. Just Becker, a tech whiz who—before wooing Monica in a six-episode arc—had become a gazillionaire by creating a piece of business software called Moss 865. It was so named for a reason. Moss 1 exploded. Moss 2 would only schedule appointments for January. Becker, convinced his idea would change the world, pressed on. Today, it’s hard to describe Favreau’s latest project, the much-anticipated Lion King remake, without thinking of Pete Becker. In fact, …