The sequel to the 2019 Disney film The Lion King is in the works. Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has agreed to direct the film. Barry Jenkins, director, and co-writer of Moonlight, which won the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture.
There are no details yet on the release date, casting, or the start of production. Deadline reported that The Lion King writer Jeff Nathanson has written an initial draft of the script for The Lion King 2, which will advance the story as he explores the early years of Simba’s father Mufasa.
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) September 29, 2020
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said in a prepared 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.”
The Lion King, a 2019 film that was a remake of the 1994 animated version, earned $ 1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. The 2019 film featured a cast that included Beyonce (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and John Oliver ( Zazu).