|Untitled prequel film|
The film was officially announced by Deadline Hollywood on September 29, 2020. It was reported that Barry Jenkins will direct the film, while Jeff Nathanson will reprise his role as writer. According to Deadline Hollywood, the sequel's story will expand on the franchise's mythology and explore Mufasa's origins while still featuring an adventure set in the present, in a structure similar to that of The Godfather Part II. A release date has yet to be announced.
MPC Film announced on December 9, 2020, that they will be returning to provide the VFX effects for the prequel.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (September 29, 2020). 'The Lion King' Followup Set With 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins To Helm For Walt Disney Studios. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on September 29, 2020.
- MPC Film on Twitter. Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved on December 17, 2020.
- Lindsay Weinberg (December 10, 2020). Disney Drops Major Updates on Live-Action Remakes: A Lion King Prequel, Pinocchio and More. E! Online. NBCUniversal Media. Retrieved on December 10, 2020.