‘The Lion King’ Sequel “In Development” at Disney with New Director. According to Deadline, Disney is actively working on a sequel to the 2019 “live-action” The Lion King. Reportedly the new film will both follow Mufasa’s origin story as well as progressing the story of Simba and his family. Director Barry Jenkins will replace Jon Favreau as director for the sequel as Favreau is focused on the development of other films for Disney and Star Wars The Mandalorian on Disney+.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins shares. “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.”
Disney has yet to share if the original cast, including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, James Earl Jones, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Eric Andre, Amy Sedaris, Florence Kasumba, and Chance the Rapper, will return for the sequel. Jeff Nathanson (The Lion King 2019) will return to pen the script for the sequel, with Barry Jenkins acting as director for the sequel.
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