You can never have too much Disney, and there’s exciting news about a follow up to Jon Favreau’s 2019 remake of the classic Lion King. 

Barry Jenkins, who previously directed the infamously Oscar-winning Moonlight, has signed up to direct the as-yet-untitled second outing for the Lion King.

There’s no official confirmation yet about which characters will be featured, but according to Deadline it’s rumoured to be a prequel, focusing on Simba’s dad and King of Pride Rock, Mufasa.

The director said in a statement: “Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, 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.”

The scriptwriter for the 2019 film, Jeff Nathanson, has been confirmed to write this new script too.


The latest Lion King earned $1.6 billion worldwide, with a star-studded line up featuring the likes of  Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Are you excited?


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