Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Disney is developing a follow-up to its 2019 photo-realistic remake of The Lion King with filmmaker Barry Jenkins attached to direct.
Jeff Nathanson is returning to pen the script. The 2019 film, from director Jon Favreau, grossed $1.5 billion globally.
Disney has not announced a release date or production start date for the sequel. It remains unknown if any of the cast from the 2019 film will be returning.
"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the 90s, I grew up with these characters. Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true," Jenkins said in a statement.
Jenkins is best known for helming Best Picture winner Moonlight and If Beal Street Could Talk.