Lion King Prequel/Sequel Nabs Moonlight Director

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While the movie may have been a critical bomb, Disney's "live-action" The Lion King still made a lot of bank in the box office, and a follow-up was expected. Just in, we have news that Disney has found someone to helm the next Lion King film.

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According to Deadline, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been hired to helm the movie. The first film was directed by Jon Favreau, who is now busy working on Disney+'s The Mandalorian; there is no mention of his involvement when it comes to the sequel. Script duties, however, will once again be up to Jeff Nathanson.

While The Lion King already had a sequel with Simba's Pride, it looks like this movie is going to be putting its own twist on the story with an origin story for Mufasa to be told a la The Godfather: Part II. We don't know if we're going to be following the story of Kiara and Kovu for this sequel, but I do like the idea that the Lion King movies are based on Shakespeare, with the first film based on Hamlet and the sequel drawing inspiration from Romeo & Juliet.

Also, the sequel may not be as great as the original, but they did have some great songs.

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No release date has been set for the Lion King sequel, but hopefully, we get some updates soon. With productions still very risky in times of COVID-19, animated films like The Lion King are the more "safe" movies to produce in the meantime, with everyone allowed to work remotely.

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