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Director Barry Jenkins is working on a sequel to The Lion King

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While Disney’s animated version of The Lion King has had a few sequels and animated shows, it looks like Jon Favreau’s 2019 CGI version of The Lion King will be getting its own sequel/prequel.

However, this time it will be Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) behind the camera or whatever you are behind when doing animated films. Sources say the new movie will partly focus on the early years of Mufasa, the father of Simba.

“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said to Variety. “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.”

Disney hasn’t announced a release date for the sequel. Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for the 2019 movie, is returning to write the follow-up.

The voice cast for the remake included Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen and as Timon and Pumbaa and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Disney has yet to announce who, if any, from that group will be part of the sequel.

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