The Walt Disney Co. will make a sequel to the 2019 live-action "The Lion King," with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning "Moonlight" and the James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk," set to direct.
Disney announced plans Tuesday for a follow-up to last year's poorly reviewed but highly popular photorealistic remake. The new "Lion King" grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, so a sequel was perhaps always likely. Less expected was a "Lion King" sequel with Jenkins directing.
"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said in a statement. "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."
Jenkins earlier this year completed shooting on the Amazon limited series "The Underground More