The Walt Disney Studios today announced that Moonlight director Barry Jenkins will direct the upcoming The Lion King sequel, according to Deadline.
The Academy Award-winning Jenkins will take on the second installment of the live-action film that was released by Disney in 2019, directed by Jon Favreau. The script comes to us from Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the first film.
Barry Jenkins is known for his Oscar win for writing Moonlight, which he also directed. In addition, he wrote and directed If Beale Street Could Talk, and was nominated for the script.
The Lion King sequel has yet to secure a release date in this volatile era, and there is currently no reported production start date. The first film took in a gross of $1.617 billion worldwide.
According to the site, though the script is being kept quiet, “the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.”
Jenkins’ Pastel partners Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak will likely be producing The Lion King sequel. There is no news yet on the cast for the film.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins told the site. “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.”
In the first film The Lion King, pioneering filmmaking techniques bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny.
But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile.
With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
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