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.