‘The Lion King’ Prequel Confirmed By Disney / Barry Jenkins To Direct, Pharrell Tapped For Music

Published: Friday 11th Dec 2020 by Sam

Disney is returning to Pride Rock. For, the much murmured about prequel to ‘The Lion King’ has officially been announced.

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The news broke during the action-packed Disney Investor Day.

Confirming the information relayed in our earlier report, the studio shared that ‘Moonlight’ director Barry Jenkins is on-board as director, as is Hans Zimmer who returns to cultivate the score.

Pharrell Williams, who contributed musically to the 2019 live-action incarnation of the classic, is also back in a similar capacity.


Last year’s re-imagining of the famed tale, which starred Donald Glover and Beyonce, was a blockbuster success – drumming up over $1 Billion at the global box office.

It also spawned Queen Bey’s spin-off visual album ‘Black Is King’ – which arrived to critical acclaim on Disney+ this summer.


The news has us elated here at TGJ. Especially as internally we’ve long discussed the massive potential embedded in a ‘Lion King’ prequel.

In many ways, last year’s note-for-note remake served as a sound foundation to refresh, remind, and re-engage the audience with the core story while establishing firm foundation to tell an original narrative.

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  1. Clarks0o0ñ December 11, 2020

    “Pharrell tapped for music”

    They saw how the gift flopped hard so they dumped beyonce immediately

    • Beylover December 11, 2020

      Pharrell produce 2 songs on that “flop album” tho? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

      • Clarks0o0ñ December 11, 2020

        Okay ..and?

        Too bad Beyonce couldn’t make it a hit.

        U really thought u did something did u

        U drag urself.
        Set urself up

      • Okay! December 11, 2020

        ❤the move and The Gift is/was great album. Congratulations on it (song/songs) awards and Grammy nods!
        Say what you want, our Black queens are winning and making great moves!

      • Kruz December 12, 2020

        Awesome! Love the Lion King! I am so excited to see the prequel!!

  2. Pat December 11, 2020

    They want a HAPPY not another spirit. We’ll see what Pharrell can do up front again

  3. Zion Ah sam December 11, 2020

    Thank goodness no more spirit trash

  4. XYZ December 11, 2020

    The first one was hype, but was meh for me. Dont need to have a second one

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