With the recent remake of “The Lion King” being a massive box office hit, it’s not surprising to hear that Disney will be making another.
Deadline is reporting that Disney is bringing in Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins for the follow-up. He has previously won an Oscar for “Moonlight” and was nominated for his work on “If Beale Street Could Talk”. He also took to social media to confirm the news:
Jenkins said in a statement.
‘Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters. Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.’
The original films writer, Jeff Nathanson is returning, with the first initial draft script already completed.
The new film will continue to use the photo-realistic style that was used in the 2019 version.
No production start date or release date for the “Lion King” film has yet been set.
This new film will continue the story of the well known characters, with flashbacks to Mufasa’s origin story.
The 2019 version of the film, along with the animated original and its sequels are available now on Disney+
Are you excited for a “Lion King” sequel?