A sequel to the 2019 photorealistic ‘Lion King’ is in the works, with the Oscar-Winning Director ―Barry Jenkins taking over the project.
Barry Jenkins, the highly acclaimed director who won the Academy Award for ‘Moonlight’, and was nominated for screenplay writing for the movie ‘Beale Street’ is tapped by Disney for its new project.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters.”, said Barry
“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.”
Barry Jenkins would work with the scriptwriter Jeff Nathanson for Lion King 2. Jeff is the one who wrote the last installment of the series and has finished the draft for the second.
The Lion King Sequel
Not much has been disclosed about the upcoming sequel; it may or may not follow the cartoon version of 1994.
However, according to Deadline.com, it is revealed that the story would further explore the mythology of the characters, including Simba’s father Mufasa’s origin story.
Voice cast for the film is not unfolded yet. But, we can hope the cast form the 2019 version to return, which was as follows:
Donald Grover as Simba
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala
Billy Eichner as Timon
Seth Rogen as Pumba
James Earl Jones as Mufasa
There has been no word on the date or the window of release either.
Besides Lion King 2, Barry Jenkins is working on another project with Disney; he is planning to direct a biopic of the renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey.
Disney has renewed many of its animated versions into live-action sequels. Most recently, Mulan was adapted into a live-action sequence.
With the launch of Lion King 2; a sequel to another Disney blockbuster would be released―Aladdin 2.