Disney Is Planning A Sequel To The Lion King

Follow Up To 2019's Lion King Is In The Works

Disney Is Planning A Sequel To The Lion King
The Lion King

Disney is reportedly returning to the Pride Lands for a follow-up to “The Lion King.” Barry Jenkins, the filmmaker behind “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will direct the upcoming feature based on the beloved family classic that has endeared generations.

The original 1994 animated Disney classic tells the coming of age story of a young lion cub named Simba. The 2019 version used photo-realistic technology that made it look similar to live-action.

Both versions of The Lion King are amazing and for the fans, it is more the merrier!

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Disney Is Planning A Sequel To The Lion King

The new movie will incorporate the same technology as the 2019 film, which earned $1.7 billion at global box offices, and will also feature music.

Jenkins said:

"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters."

He added:

"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."

Disney Is Planning A Sequel To The Lion King

Jon Favreau directed the recent reboot to mixed reviews but massive box office receipts.

Disney hasn’t announced a release date for the sequel. With COVID-19 and Jenkins’ busy schedule, it’s also unclear when the special effects-heavy production will start. 

Jenkins’ partner, director Lulu Wang, celebrated the news on Twitter with a nod to the film’s iconic opening music.

Jenkins won a screenwriting Oscar in 2017 for best picture winner “Moonlight,” the story of a young impoverished Black man’s struggle with his sexuality. 

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