Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has his next project on the horizon. The Moonlight director will helm The Lion King sequel for Disney, Deadline reports. 

Scribe Jeff Nathanson, who penned the 2019 predecessor, has already written a first draft for The Lion King sequel. The “photo-realistic technology” that Jon Favreau utilized in the first film and 2016’s The Jungle Book will also be used for the sequel. 

Besides his Oscar win for penning Moonlight, Jenkins was nominated for adapting If Beale Street Could Talk. Jenkins also directed both films. This is Jenkins’ second film project for Disney. The director is planning to helm a biopic of famous choreographer Alvin Ailey. Additionally, Jenkins just completed an Amazon Prime limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s novel The Underground Railroad

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As of now, there’s no set release date for The Lion King sequel. However, the last flick did generate $1.6 billion globally, so perhaps a premiere date will be forthcoming. 

According to Deadline, the sequel will delve into Mufasa’s origin story and core character mythology. Other pertinent details are most likely kept in a heavily guarded Disney vault. 

Jenkins is elated to bring this sequel to life. He had this to say regarding the project: 

Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters. 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.

I couldn’t agree more. Jenkins is an award-winning director and writer with plenty of experience under his belt. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table where The Lion King franchise is concerned.

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