American filmmaker and Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins is joining the Disney family. He is set to helm Disney’s sequel to “The Lion King.”
In a statement obtained by CNN, the “Moonlight” director said he grew up with these characters when he was helping his sister raised two young boys during the ’90s. “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.” – Barry said.
The Lion King received the live-action treatment in the 2019 remake from director Jon Favreau, joining Disney’s growing list of animated tales to be retold through a more realistic lens. The re-make was an absolute success, grossing an estimated $1.66 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
The cast for the film included James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, JD McCrary as Simba, Donald Glover as Simba the adult, Beyoncé as Nala and more.
Jenkins has been recently working on his limited TV series for Amazon, “The Underground Railroad.” Production wrapped days ago, after being delayed due to the global pandemic. He is also well known for receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature for Medicine for Melancholy. We have no doubt that this sequel will be amazing in his hands.
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) September 29, 2020
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