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‘The Lion King’ Sequel Set With ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins To Helm For Walt Disney Studios – Deadline


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Special: The Walt Disney Studios has set Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to direct the studio’s abide by-up to the 2019 blockbusterThe Lion King. Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the final installment, is back in the fold and has done an preliminary draft of script. Jenkins won the Oscar for scripting the Greatest Photograph winnerMoonlightand was nominated for adaptingIf Beale Street Could Discuss(he directed both of those).

The film will proceed with the photograph-reasonable know-how that director Jon Favreau applied in the 2019 film and 2016’sThe Jungle Guide. There is no launch day established forThe Lion Kingstick to-up or for the output start out, but it is understandably a top rated precedence for Sean Bailey’s division following the past film grossed $1.6 billion all over the world.

They are keeping the logline under wraps, but I’m informed that the tale will additional investigate the mythology of the figures, like Mufasa’s origin tale. Relocating the tale ahead although searching again conjures memories ofThe Godfather: Portion II,established on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of new music that was a vital portion of the 1994 animated vintage, the 2019 movie and the blockbuster Broadway phase transfer.

This is Jenkins’ next film venture at Disney, as he is also setting up to immediate a biopic of famed choreographer Alvin Ailey for Searchlight. Jenkins has completed for Amazon a confined collection adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Nationwide Book Award- and Pulitzer-winningThe Underground Railroad, directing all the episodes and producing a number of of them. Jenkins has separately scripted a drama centered on the to start with American female Olympic boxing champ, Clarissa “T-Rex” Shields, and an adaptation of Netflix documentaryVirunga, about the fight to help save the Congo’s mountain gorilla populace.

Jenkins’ PASTEL partners Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak are anticipated to come aboardThe Lion Kingadhere to-up as producers.

“Helping my sister elevate two young boys through the ’90s, I grew up with these people,” Jenkins explained. “Having the prospect to function with Disney on increasing this wonderful tale of friendship, really like and legacy though furthering my do the job chronicling the life and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come accurate.”

Alongside with 2019’sThe Lion King, Nathanson’s credits on the blockbuster track incorporatePirates of the Caribbean: Lifeless Adult men Explain to No Tales, Capture Me If You Can,andRush Hour 2andHurry Hour 3.

No instant phrase on solid. The past installment’s voice solid integrated Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Alfre Woodard, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric Andre, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Amy Sedaris and Possibility the Rapper. Hans Zimmer, who composed the unique animated movie, composed songs for the final movie with Pharrell Williams.

Jenkins is repped by CAA, manager Jewerl Ross and legal professional Jamie Feldman. Nathanson is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

Here’s Jenkins’ husband or wife, fellow director Lulu Wang, commemorating the information these days:


— Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) September 29, 2020

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