Having taken $1.66 billion worldwide, Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King reigns as the highest-grossing animated film of all time. But now a challenger for the throne approaches: a sequel, no less.
Walt Disney Studios is producing a follow-up to the cg animation film, using the same photo-realistic approach. Barry Jenkins, whose live-action drama Moonlight won him an Oscar in 2017, is directing. While details of the plot are scarce, Deadline, which broke the news of the sequel, reports that “the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.”
Jenkins said, “Helping my sister raise two young boys during the 1990s, 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.”