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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins To Direct ‘Lion King’ Prequel

Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins is set to direct the sequel to Disney’s 2019 live-action “The Lion King.” Jenkins, who directed the films “Moonlight and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” confirmed the news on his Twitter page.

The film will continue with the technology that was used in the 2019 film and “The Jungle Book,” which was released in 2016. The new film is expected to be a continuation of the 2019 reboot, and not a sequel to the 1994 animated classic. It’s not yet known whether the new film will follow any of the plot lines from the franchise’s animated sequel “The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride.” According to Variety, sources “say the new movie will partly focus on the early years of Mufasa, the regal father of Simba whose death forms the emotional heart of the first film and its remake.” 

Barry Jenkins to direct ‘Lion King’ follow-up


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