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Barry Jenkins Tapped To Direct ‘The Lion King’ Sequel For Disney

The film will feature the same photo-realistic technology that Jon Favreau used to create his version of the classic tale

Just when you thought the circle of life was complete – news has emerged from Pride Rock suggesting that Barry Jenkins has been tapped to direct a follow up to Jon Favreau’s breathtaking live-action adaptation of The Lion King.

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Jon Favreau is not attached to the project, but Jeff Nathanson, who penned Favreau’s 2019 blockbuster, has recently completed his first draft of the script.

Details about the sequel are being kept hidden beneath Simba’s mane, but the film is expected to feature the same photo-realistic technology that Favreau used to create his breathtaking interpretation of the classic tale. According to a report from Deadline, the story is expected to feature more of the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.

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

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Disney is yet to award the project an official release date, however, given Favreau’s mindblowing visual spectacle generated a staggering $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office – one would think that the house of mouse would want the follow up to hit multiplexes sooner rather than later.

Watch this space for the latest updates as they emerge.

 

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(Source: Deadline)

 

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