While the 1998 sequel to the original animated film, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, focused on Simba’s daughter’s love affair with a male lion associated with Simba’s evil uncle Scar, the upcoming sequel will concentrate more on character origins.
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A little over a year after the enormously profitable CGI remake of the 1994 animated classic has Walt Disney Studios confirmed that a sequel is in the works.
John and the Oscar-winning, scriptwriter/director Barry Jenkins will direct the film, and Jeff Nathanson, who starred in the 2019 movie, will also write the sequel, Deadline reports.
This. Yes, THIS,” linked Jenkins, 40, on Tuesday, to Deadline articles
The new installment will use the same photorealistic technology director Jon Favreau used for the 2016 revival and for the production last year.
There is no word yet on when or who will be in the cast. In 2019’s “Lion King” feature voices of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, John Oliver, Donald Glover, Amy Sedaris and Chance the Rapper, with original music from Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer.
While the sequel of the original animated film in 1998, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, focused on Simba’s daughter’s romance with a male lion associated with Simba’s evil uncle Scar, the upcoming sequel will focus more on character origins. Deadline reported that the story would “deeply examine the mythology of the characters, including the origin of Mufasa.”
While the remake last July broke opening weekend records and headed a Disney-dominated box office, not everyone was a fan of its futuristic animation style. Some critics found it to be astonishing, but animators of the old school original complained that the characters’ eyes lack emotion and that performances felt weak and wooden.
This summer, a resentment against these 3-D re-makes by the original 2-D crews was big, a young animator who worked on the 1994 film told the Huffington Post. “Maybe it would be different if we got any kind of royalties”, said an anonymous animator.