Disney’s The Lion King is coming back with part 2. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins will direct the sequel to the 1994 classic. The Lion King part 2 will be a continuation of the 2019 remake.
“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,” Jenkins said.
The 2019 live remake of the movie generated over $1.5 billion at the global box office. The 2019 remake had a star-studded lineup of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen and as Timon and Pumbaa and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.
Can part 2 top this? Disney hasn’t announced a release date for the sequel, or if any of the 2019 cast will return. With COVID-19 and Jenkins’ busy schedule there is no telling when the production will begin.
The movie will partly focus on the early years of Mufasa, the father of Simba whose death is the emotional heart of the original 1994 film and the live remake. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for the 2019 movie, is returning to write the follow-up.
Jenkins’ partner, director Lulu Wang, celebrated the news on Twitter.
— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 29, 2020
This is exciting news for all Lion King fans. Are you excited to see this film?
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.