In 2019, one of Disney’s most beloved animated films returned to the big screens, this time in a live-action photorealistic adaptation. Although the film received mixed reactions from critics and viewers, its visual performance remains undeniable, and in the end it was a huge financial success, grossing $ 1.66 billion globally, according to Box Office Mojo, quoted by CNN.
Therefore, the fact that the “Lion King” will receive a sequel should not be a surprise. The second part will no longer be directed by Jon Favreau, who directed last year’s film, but an Oscar winner for best director, Barry Jenkins.
“In the ’90s, I was helping my sister raise her two boys, so I grew up with these characters. To have the opportunity to work with Disney on this magnificent story of friendship, love and heritage and at the same time continue my work of telling stories of African lives and souls is a dream come true for me, ”says Jenkins.
Barry Jenkins recently finished filming an Amazon series called “The Underground Railroad,” and is best known for “Moonlight,” a 2018 Oscar-winning film for best film. “Moonlight” also awarded Jenkins an award for best director, and his next project, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” resulted in another Oscar for actress Regina King.