Disney is following up 2019’s live-action “The Lion King” with a sequel. Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has been tapped to direct the film.
Jenkins has many directing film credits including “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” He won the Oscar for scripting the Best Picture winner “Moonlight” and was nominated for adapting “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the 90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said. “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.”
Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the last installment, is returning and the initial draft of the script is already completed. Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak are expected to come aboard “The Lion King” sequel as producers.
The plot of the film is being kept under wraps, but Deadline is reporting that the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story. Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer.
Disney hasn’t announced a release date for the sequel or a timeframe of when production will start.