The Lion King sequel has been given the green light by Disney but it will see a change in the director’s seat with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins set to helm the follow-up.
Disney struck gold with their live-action remake of the classic tale, which starred Beyonce, Donald Glover and James Earl Jones, and grossed over $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide last year.
Now, they’ve lined up the sequel with Jeff Nathanson who wrote the remake script, penning a first draft of the second installment.
It’s been confirmed that Jenkins will replace Jon Favreau who directed 2019’s The Lion King, making for bittersweet news. Jenkins, 40, is best known for directing Moonlight, which won best picture at the Oscars in 2017 and also earned the filmmaker the gong for best adapted screenplay.
He also directed the critically-acclaimed drama If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018, which was adapted from the novel by James Baldwin.
Reacting to the news, Jenkins tweeted an article about the sequel and also shared a video from his writing partner, Lulu Wang, replicating the iconic scene where Mufasa holds up Simba over the plain, but with her dog.
Responding to another post from a follower, he replied: ‘Ummmm, Lulu just sent this to me and man… well played SA. Not a sequel. Not a remake. All love.’
According to Deadline, The Lion King sequel will explore the mythology of the characters, notably Mufasa’s origin story.
It’s been compared to The Godfather: Part II as it will look to the past while moving the story forward. This means it’s unlikely to draw inspiration from The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, which focused on Simba’s daughter and the bitter feud between his pride and their rivals led by the friend of nemesis Scar.
The Lion King remake was supported by the Beyonce album, The Lion King: The Gift, which drew inspiration from the animation and featured majority African artists.
A release date has not been set for the sequel.
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