We’re Getting Lion King 2, And It’ll Be Helmed By ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins
Disney is bringing back the realistic/live-action kingdom of Simba back to our screens once again, with film-maker Barry Jenkins confirmed to take the director’s chair.
The Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director confirmed his involvement via Twitter on Tuesday. Jenkins will be taking the reins from Jon Favreau for Lion King 2.
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) September 29, 2020
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said in a statement. “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.”
According to Polygon, Jeff Nathanson has already completed writing a script for the sequel, which will reportedly delve into the backstories of the characters, rather than moving forward. Their source revealed that the movie is set to be more of a “follow-up” than a sequel, and will explore the origin story of Mufasa.
Since this might be more of a prequel that focuses on the story of Mufasa, it’s almost sure that James Earl Jones will reprise his role, but nobody is sure about the return of the rest of the exceptional star cast like Donald Glover or Beyoncé.
2019’s Jon Favreau-directed The Lion King didn’t win big with critics, but managed to rake in $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.