Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has agreed to direct the next installment in the Lion King tale, in step with an exclusive in Deadline. Jenkins is taking up for Jon Favreau, whose “live-action” — photorealistic CGI — replace to the vintage Disney franchise earned $1.6 billion globally simply closing 12 months. The sequel additionally guarantees to be one thing of a prequel: in step with Deadline, the film will delve into the characters’ foundation tales.

As you could recall, that remake starred Beyoncé Knowles (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and James Earl Jones (Mufasa), amongst different large stars. Though the movie has neither a unlock date nor any actors showed to superstar in its forged, it’s onerous to consider that a few of the larger names on Favreau’s roster received’t be coming again. You can’t make a Lion King with out Simba, proper?

And Jenkins turns out fascinated about the alternative, at the same time as he’s been writing and directing a ton of tasks in different places.

“Helping my sister lift two younger boys throughout the ’90s, I grew up with those characters,” Jenkins informed Deadline. “Having the alternative to paintings with Disney on increasing this magnificent story of friendship, love and legacy whilst furthering my paintings chronicling the lives and souls of people inside the African diaspora is a dream come true.” I will be able to’t wait to peer what he comes up with.

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