NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. will make a comply with-up to the 2019 stay-motion “The Lion King,” with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-profitable “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Discuss,” established to direct.
Disney declared options Tuesday for a form of prequel to past year’s inadequately reviewed but extremely popular photorealistic remake. The new “Lion King” grossed much more than $one.six billion worldwide, so a sequel was maybe constantly most likely. Considerably less expected was a “Lion King” with Jenkins directing. The film, Disney claimed, will examine the mythology of “The Lion King,” such as Mufasa’s origin tale.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys for the duration of the ’90s, I grew up with these figures,” Jenkins explained in a statement. “Having the chance to do the job with Disney on increasing this superb tale of friendship, really like and legacy though furthering my do the job chronicling the lives and souls of people inside the African diaspora is a aspiration arrive genuine.”
Jenkins previously this 12 months completed capturing on the Amazon minimal series “The Underground Railroad,” centered on the Colson Whitehead novel. He gained an Oscar for the script to the best-photograph-profitable “Moonlight” and was nominated for the screenplay to 2018’s “If Beale Street Could Discuss.” He also last 12 months built plans to immediate a movie based on the everyday living of choreographer Alvin Ailey for Disney’s Searchlight Images.
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Disney failed to announce any even further plot specifics or casting on the new “Lion King” challenge, which was very first claimed by Deadline Hollywood. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the 2019 motion picture, is returning to pen the adhere to-up.
Directed by Jon Favreau, “The Lion King” highlighted a voice cast together with Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Jon Oliver, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones. Reviews were not great (52% clean on Rotten Tomatoes) but it was additional valuable than any other “live-action” remake of a Disney typical. Unadjusted for inflation, 2019’s “Lion King” ranks as the seventh best grossing film at any time.