Oscar winner Barry Jenkins will direct the film, which is a sequel from the 2019 blockbuster picture from Jon Favreau.
Jenkins — who directed the Best Picture winner “Moonlight” — reportedly finished a first draft of the script.
According to Deadline, the sequel might follow a blueprint made by “The Godfather: Part II.”
- “They are keeping the logline under wraps, but I’m told that the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story. Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer.”
There’s already a ‘Lion King’ sequel
While the idea of Mufasa rising to power “on the streets of Little Italy” while “Simba confronts a threat to his new burgeoning casino business in Nevada” seems like a fresh take on the animation classic, there’s already a sequel to “Lion King” called “Simba’s Pride.”
- The direct-to-video film centers around Simba and Nala’s daughter — Kiara — who falls in love with Kovu, a male lion who was raised by Scar’s followers. The film is lightly inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” in the same way “Lion King” had ties to “Hamlet.”