Lion King Sequel: Barry Jenkins On-Board As The Director

Disney is now going to witness what a little moonlight can do for its upcoming sequel to The Lion King. Barry Jenkins, the Academy Award winner, the director of the Moonlight movie of the year 2016, has been tapped to be directing the sequel to the beloved family classic. The new film is reportedly going to be a continuation of the 2019 live-action remake of the year 1994 animated blockbuster of the studio. The star-studded reboot was directed by Jon Favreau, which generated over $1.6 billion at the global box office. In July, Beyonce, who gave her voice to the leading character in the film, brought her own empowering spin to the fabled story with a visual album, Black is King, which is based on the soundtrack which was released in conjunction with the movie, The Lion King: The Gift.

Barry Jenkins
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The movie holds a really special place in the heart of the filmmaker. Jenkins helped her sister raise two young boys during the 90s, and he grew up with these characters. He added and said that having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love, and legacy while furthering his work chronicling the souls and lives of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.

Barry Jenkins is on board for the Lion King Sequel | Will be serving as the Director of the Sequel

As of now, no release date of the project has been revealed. However, we will be updating you as soon as we get any official update on the release date. According to some of the sources, Hollywood industry trade outlet, the new film will be partly focussing on the early years of Mufasa, the regal father of Simba, the death of whom forms the emotional hear of the original film and its remake.

Barry Jenkins
Image Source – The New York Times

Jeff Nathanson, the screenwriter, who wrote the screenplay for the movie of the year 2019, is expected to be returning to write for the follow-up. Lulu Wang, the director and partner of Barry Jenkins, celebrated the news on the social media platform with a nod to the film’s iconic opening music. Jenkins has also been tapped to direct a biopic of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey. “The Lion King” won’t be Disney’s only sequel underway; earlier this year, a reboot of the studio’s 2019 live-action remake “Aladdin” was announced.

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