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The Lion King Film Sequel in the Works at Disney; Barry Jenkins to Direct

The new movie will be a follow-up to the 2019 remake.

A scene from Disney's The Lion King.
(© Disney Enterprises, Inc.)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will direct a new film sequel to The Lion King, Deadline reports.

The film will be Walt Disney Studios' follow-up to the 2019 remake, which uses photorealistic technology to depict the characters. Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson returns to the property and has reportedly completed a draft of the sequel script. Jon Favreau directed the last film.

No timeline for the film has been announced, nor has a plot. Deadline reports that the film will "further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa's origin story."

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