Lion King follow-up from director Moonlight, includes Mufasa Origin story


Disney is developing a sequel to its photorealistic remake of The Lion King, with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins on board to helm the project. According to Deadline, Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the final episode, is returning to write the follow-up, which will be a continuation. of the 2019 film. While specific story details are being kept under wraps for now, it is understood that the upcoming Lion King film will “further explore character mythology” by sticking its claws into the origin story from Mufasa.Disney has yet to announce a release date for the Lion King follow-up or set any dates for the film’s production schedule. Jenkins is best known for directing and writing the screenplay for the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight in 2016. He released his third directorial feature If Beale Street Could Talk in 2018, which critics widely viewed as another home run for the filmmaker. The Lion King sequel is Jenkins’ second project for Disney, as he’s also developing a biopic for famed choreographer Alvin Ailey for Searchlight.“Helping my sister raise two young boys in the 90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said of taking charge of the project. “To have the opportunity to work with Disney to expand this wonderful story of friendship, love and legacy while advancing my work of chronicling the lives and souls of people in the African diaspora is a dream. come true. “

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Adele Ankers is a freelance entertainment journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.


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