The next The Lion King movie could focus on Mufasa and Scar’s story before the 1994 animated film and the remark. THR is reporting that Disney has hired Moonlight and If Beal Street Could Talk director Barry Jenkins to helm a Lion King live-action prequel to Jon Favreau’s movie.
“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love, and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true.”
The first live-action movie writer Jeff Nathanson has reportedly finished a first draft. This means the prequel will be an original story and tell the story of a young Mufasa and Scar.
The remake of the 1994 animated film directed by Jon Favreau earned $1.65 billion globally, it will be interesting to see how fans will welcome this new story. The original Lion King animated film was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, with a screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton. The film original songs were written by Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and original scores were written by Hans Zimmer. The Lion King earned $968.5 million on the Box office with a budget of $45 million. Do we even talk about the sequel?