Disney has made plans to join forces with Oscar winner Barry Jenkins for a sequel to The Lion King.
The Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk director has signed on to helm a new The Lion King film to follow the events of Jon Favreau’s 2019 CGI remake of the beloved animated classic. Joining Jenkins is Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the script for the 2019 CGI adaptation, and will be donning his writing cap again for the sequel.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,″ Jenkins said in his 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.”
Fans of the Disney classic know that the 1994 animated classic which was based on Hamlet that went on to have the Romeo and Juliet inspired sequel, which focused on a relationship between Simba and Nala’s daughter, Kiara, and Kovu— a young lion from a banished pride that was once loyal to Scar.
However, Jenkin’s sequel will “further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.” Maybe we will see Simba struggling to to lead his pride, and referring back to the parallels to the struggles his father faced in his first years ruling the Pridelands? Otherwise this may be actually be a prequel.
As of right now there is no word if any of the 2019 cast (Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones) will be lending their voices to the next film.