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Barry Jenkins to direct ‘Lion King’ follow-up

(Disney via AP)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 5:08 PM CDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. will make a follow-up to the 2019 live-action “The Lion King,” with Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” set to direct.

Disney announced plans Tuesday for a prequel to the last year’s photorealistic remake.

The new “Lion King” grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, so a sequel was perhaps always likely. But a “Lion King” sequel with Jenkins directing was unexpected.

Jenkins said the film would further his work “chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora.”

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