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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is helming the next live-action Lion King

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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is helming the subsequent live-action Lion King

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has agreed to direct the subsequent installment within the Lion King story, based on an unique in Deadline. Jenkins is taking on for Jon Favreau, whose “live-action” — photorealistic CGI — replace to the traditional Disney franchise earned $1.6 billion globally simply final yr. The sequel additionally guarantees to be one thing of a prequel: based on Deadline, the film will delve into the characters’ origin tales.

As you could recall, that remake starred Beyoncé Knowles (Nala), Donald Glover (Simba), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and James Earl Jones (Mufasa), amongst different huge stars. Although the movie has neither a launch date nor any actors confirmed to star in its solid, it’s onerous to think about that a number of the greater names on Favreau’s roster received’t be coming again. You may’t make a Lion King with out Simba, proper?

And Jenkins appears excited in regards to the alternative, whilst he’s been writing and directing a ton of initiatives elsewhere.

“Serving to my sister elevate two younger boys through the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins instructed Deadline. “Having the chance to work with Disney on increasing this magnificent story of friendship, love and legacy whereas furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folks throughout the African diaspora is a dream come true.” I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

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