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Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

EXCLUSIVE: The Walt Disney Studios has set Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to direct the studio’s follow-up to the 2019 blockbuster The Lion King. Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the last installment, is back in the fold and has completed an initial draft of script. Jenkins won the Oscar for scripting the Best Picture winner Moonlight and was nominated for adapting If Beale Street Could Talk(he directed both).

The film will continue with the photo-realistic technology that director Jon Favreau used in the 2019 film and 2016’s The Jungle Book. There is no release date set for The Lion King follow-up or for the production start, but it is understandably a top priority for Sean Bailey’s division after the last film grossed $1.6 billion worldwide.

They are keeping the logline under wraps, but I’m told that the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story. Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer.

A release date has not yet been set. This is Jenkins’ second film project at Disney, as he is also planning to direct a biopic of famed choreographer Alvin Ailey for Searchlight. Jenkins has completed for Amazon a limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award- and Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad, directing all the episodes and writing several of them. Jenkins has separately scripted a drama based on the first American female Olympic boxing champ, Clarissa “T-Rex” Shields, and an adaptation of Netflix documentary Virunga, about the battle to save the Congo’s mountain gorilla population.

No immediate word on cast. The last installment’s voice cast included 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 Chance the Rapper. Hans Zimmer, who composed the original animated film, composed music for the last film with Pharrell Williams.

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re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

Won't it just mimic Simba's Pride?
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this is such a bad idea imo.
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Good for Jenkins. Cash in, my dude.
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Well that is a pairing that I never saw coming.
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Time to kill off Matthew Broderick, err Simba. Circle of Life indeed.

Okay, we don't need this. Stop making sequels Disney. Oh that's right, cash.
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re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

Originally Posted by E Unit
Okay, we don't need this. Stop making sequels Disney. Oh that's right, cash.
To be fair, we didn't need the 2019 version either.
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I've hated every live action version of their animated counterpart, except for Mulan. And that's only because the story was different enough. These verbatim remakes can suck it.
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re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

Originally Posted by devilshalo
Won't it just mimic Simba's Pride?
Doesn't sound like it. Seems more like a prequel focused on Mufasa and Scar's past rather than Simba's daughter.
Wonder if they'll end up incorporating Simba's son, Kion from The Lion Guard, into the films at some point.

Kind of surprised this is happening... The other one seemed to be universally disliked for attempting to be National Geographic without any heart or soul of the story.
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Originally Posted by E Unit
I've hated every live action version of their animated counterpart, except for Mulan. And that's only because the story was different enough. These verbatim remakes can suck it.
Cinderella was pretty decent, IMHO. It was all downhill from there.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Wan Jabroni
Cinderella was pretty decent, IMHO. It was all downhill from there.
Cinderella was the best, IMO. Pete’s Dragon was decent too.
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EXCLUSIVE: The Lion King prequel is roaring into life. We can reveal that Waves and The Trial Of The Chicago 7 star Kelvin Harrison Jr. and The Underground Railroad star Aaron Pierre are set to lead voice cast.

Production is underway on the anticipated feature, which will see Moonlight director Barry Jenkins further explore the mythology of the iconic characters, including Mufasa’s origin story.

Pierre — who recently teamed up with Jenkins on Amazon series The Underground Railroad — will play Mufasa while Harrison Jr. is playing Taka (Scar). Additional casting is in process with plenty of big names likely.

The untitled prequel (which Disney describes as live-action) will continue with the photorealistic animation technology that director Jon Favreau used in the blockbuster 2019 update of the beloved franchise. Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the last instalment, is back in the fold.

At its investor day late last year, Disney revealed that music will be coming from Hans Zimmer (who scored the original and 2019 version), Pharrell, and Succession’s Nicholas Britell.
https://deadline.com/2021/08/lion-ki...ns-1234822447/

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I'm okay with this so long as it's an original story. The other one was just a carbon copy of the animated feature.
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Originally Posted by TheMovieman
I'm okay with this so long as it's an original story. The other one was just a carbon copy of the animated feature.
But with all the fun removed.
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Re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)



A lion who would change our lives forever. #Mufasa: The Lion King, in theaters December 20.

“Mufasa: The Lion King” enlists Rafiki to relay the legend of Mufasa to young lion cub Kiara, daughter of Simba and Nala, with Timon and Pumbaa lending their signature schtick. Told in flashbacks, the story introduces Mufasa as an orphaned cub, lost and alone until he meets a sympathetic lion named Taka—the heir to a royal bloodline. The chance meeting sets in motion an expansive journey of an extraordinary group of misfits searching for their destiny—their bonds will be tested as they work together to evade a threatening and deadly foe.

New and returning cast members were called on to lend their voices to the film:
- Aaron Pierre as Mufasa
- Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka, a lion prince with a bright future who accepts Mufasa into his family as a brother
- Tiffany Boone as Sarabi
- Kagiso Lediga as Young Rafiki
- Preston Nyman as Zazu
- Mads Mikkelsen as Kiros, a formidable lion with big plans for his pride
- Thandiwe Newton as Taka’s mother, Eshe
- Lennie James as Taka’s father, Obasi
- Anika Noni Rose as Mufasa’s mother, Afia
- Keith David as Mufasa’s father, Masego
- John Kani as Rafiki
- Seth Rogen as Pumbaa
- Billy Eichner as Timon
- Donald Glover as Simba
- Introducing Blue Ivy Carter as Kiara, daughter of King Simba and Queen Nala
- And Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala

Additional casting includes Braelyn Rankins, Theo Somolu, Folake Olowofoyeku, Joanna Jones, Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, Abdul Salis and Dominique Jennings.

“Mufasa: The Lion King,” the new film coming to theaters Dec. 20 explores the unlikely rise of the beloved king of the Pride Lands. The film has an all-star roster of talent bringing new and fan-favorite characters to life—plus, celebrated award-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing the film’s songs produced by Mark Mancina and Miranda, with additional music and performances by Lebo M.

Said Miranda, “Elton John. Tim Rice. Hans Zimmer. Lebo M. Mark Mancina. Beyoncé, Labrinth, Ilya Salmanzadeh. Beau Black, Ford Riley, the incredible music team on ‘The Lion Guard,’ and so many musical contributors over the years. ‘The Lion King’ has an incredible musical legacy with music from some of the greatest songwriters around, and I'm humbled and proud to be a part of it. It's been a joy working alongside Barry Jenkins to bring Mufasa's story to life, and we can't wait for audiences to experience this film in theaters."

Blending live-action filmmaking techniques with photoreal computer-generated imagery, “Mufasa: The Lion King” is directed by Barry Jenkins, produced by Adele Romanski & Mark Ceryak, and executive produced by Peter Tobyansen.
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This could have been good as an actual animated feature, maybe even bring back Elton John.

I have absolutely zero interest in these soulless CGI playthings.
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I know James Earl Jones is 93 but his voice is so iconic and associated with the role of Mufasa that I don't see anyone else doing it but him. This is a really bad idea for a number of reasons.
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Re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

I was somewhat interested in this until I noticed that Beyoncé seems to be using this to shove her daughter down our throats.

I also initially though this was a sequel to the live-action movie but I guess this is a weird prequel.
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Re: Mufasa: The Lion King (2024, D: Barry Jenkins)

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I was somewhat interested in this until I noticed that Beyoncé seems to be using this to shove her daughter down our throats.

I also initially though this was a sequel to the live-action movie but I guess this is a weird prequel.
It's a prequel and a sequel... the Godfather Part II of Lion King movies!!
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Originally Posted by milo bloom
This could have been good as an actual animated feature, maybe even bring back Elton John.

I have absolutely zero interest in these soulless CGI playthings.
i was gonna say, this would be so much better if it was in the vein of the original animated The Lion King which is one of my favorites of all time. it was breath taking. one of the few movies i saw in the theater more than once. i haven't even gotten to the live action one and i have it in 3D, no less.
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Why is the cave frozen? Doesn't he live in Africa?

Also wasn't kind of the whole point of The Lion King that nobility is in Simba's bloodline and he was destined to be king because of his lineage? Having Mufasa being an outcast doesn't make a lick of sense, given the series mythology.
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this is a prequel, correct?
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Originally Posted by OldBoy
this is a prequel, correct?
Literally answered three posts above yours.
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It's a prequel and a sequel... the Godfather Part II of Lion King movies!!
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k. thx. sorry.

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