Lion King fans, brace yourselves! Walt Disney Co is developing a follow-up to its 2019 retelling of The Lion King and will be directed by Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. The original animated Disney classic of 1994 tells the story of a young lion cub named Simba. The 2019 version used photo-realistic technology that made it look similar to live action.
And now, the new film is all set to incorporate the same technology as the 2019 film, which earned $1.7 billion at global box offices, and will also feature music.“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the 90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said in a statement on Tuesday. He went on to add, “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.”
In 2017, Jenkins won a screenwriting Oscar for best picture winner Moonlight, the story of a young impoverished Black man’s struggle with his sexuality. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, the story of two hopeful young lovers in Harlem whose future is ruined when the man is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
There is currently no expected release date, voice casting, or production start date for the film.