Barry Jenkins Directing New Live-Action The Lion King Film

Disney’s recent retelling of The Lion King is getting a follow-up film with Oscar winning director, Barry Jenkins, on board to helm it!

Talk about unexpected news. Deadline has reported that Disney is giving Jon Favreau’s “live-action” The Lion King a sequel…of sorts. While some other sites have come out reporting it will be a prequel, from what I can gather, it will be both. We’ll get to see “the origins of Mufasa” but this will be done even as the main story moves things forward (I wouldn’t count an adaptations of the direct-to-video sequels).

Otherwise, story details are still light. What’s exciting, however, is how they’ve hired Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) to direct it. Jeff Nathanson will once again be writing the script and the project will use the same photo-real technology that brought last year’s film to life.

While I can’t say the idea of a sequel/prequel was high on my list of things to see, bringing in Barry Jenkins definitely has my interest piqued. I enjoyed the previous film, despite some niggling issues. I’m really eager to see how they turn all that technology into a new story that doesn’t come loaded with a bunch of previous expectations.

No release date just yet, but what do you think about getting a new The Lion King movie?