When you’re directing, you have to love [what you’re making]. You have to love it to the point of obsession. I have to live, breathe, sleep it, dream it. If I’m going to do my best work, I need to be completely immersed… you look at the material and you get inspired, and then try to update it for our time. With the Disney stuff, people know even more… With Lion King, people really know [the original], and they grew up with it and it has emotional impact. I think about what I remember about The Lion King.
Favreau landed his first film role as D-Bob in the sports film Rudy. The following year, he featured in the college film PCU and assumed his first television role on Seinfeld. He played the role of Foggy Nelson in the 2003 film Daredevil.
The same year, he scored his first financial success as the director of Elf, which starred Will Ferrell. This success was later followed up by the critically acclaimed Iron Man film, which was released in 2008. He also directed the film's sequel, Iron Man 2.
Favreau recently directed the 2016 live-action remake of The Jungle Book. Due to the film's success, Favreau was hired to direct the live-action remake of The Lion King.