Disney is returning to Pride Rock with a sequel to its 2019 remake of The Lion King. The follow-up film will be helmed by Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, and will continue to use the photo-realistic technology as seen in last year's blockbuster, as well as 2016's The Jungle Book, Deadline reported.
There are no details on release date, casting, or start of production just yet. As for the plot, however, Deadline reported that the sequel will "further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa's origin story." It will also be "set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music," which has been central to previous renditions of the story.
"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said in a 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."
It's unclear if the next chapter will be a loyal remake of Disney's original Lion King sequel from 1998, Simba's Pride, which focuses on Simba's daughter, Kiara, and her encounters with Kovu, a lion from Scar's pride. The animated sequel, also a musical, includes the songs "He Lives in You," which appears in the Broadway production, and "He Is Not One of Us."
It would come as no surprise if the upcoming Lion King film is just as star-studded as the last, which included Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, and James Earl Jones. The 2019 installment, directed by Jon Favreau, grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide.
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