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Rob Marshall, best known for making the movie version of the Broadway musical Chicago, is in charge of the movie. The Little Mermaid’s story was made up of David Magee, and Rob Marshall.
John DeLuca directed the film, and David Magee and Jane Goldman wrote the script. Alan Menken will return as the film’s composer to write new songs with Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film’s producer. Academy Award winner Dion Beebe is in charge of the film’s cinematography, and Wyatt Smith is the film’s editor. The movie is also being made by Marc Platt, Miranda, Marshall, and DeLuca, all very good producers.
- Seth Rogen as Pumbaa(voice)
- Billy Eichner as Timon(voice)
- Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Taka(voice)
- John Kani as Rafiki(voice)
- Aaron Pierre as Mufasa(voice)
Mufasa: The Lion King Be Released?
Mufasa: The Lion King is set to come out in 2024. This was announced at the Disney and Pixar panel at the 2022 D23 Expo. Later, Disney confirmed that the movie would come out on July 5, 2024, at least for now.
Is There a Trailer for Mufasa: The Lion King?
Disney hasn’t released a trailer for Mufasa: The Lion King yet, but they did show one at the Disney and Pixar panel at the D23 Expo 2022. This short clip shows familiar faces and hints that the movie might not be like any other prequel .
Who Is Directing Mufasa: The Lion King?
Even though Jon Favreau directed the first “live-action” Lion King movie, he won’t be running this one. This could be so he can focus on his Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. Instead, Barry Jenkins, whose movies Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk won an Academy Award, will direct Mufasa: The Lion King. Even though Jenkins won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, he is not listed as the writer of the new movie. Instead, he will direct it based on a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the 2019 Lion King. But Jenkins is a well-known director with much power, so people expect him to bring his artistic sense to this expensive Disney movie.
In the same way Favreau filmed his remake of The Lion King, Jenkins will most likely film Mufasa: The Lion King in virtual reality. Jenkins has never made a movie with many special effects, but he will put this technology to good use. Jenkins has said the following about how he made Mufasa: The Lion King:
“I grew up with these characters, they mean so much to me. I think the work that Jeff Nathanson, the writer, did and going back into really helping children and anyone who ever loved this property understand what it takes. Kings aren’t just born, they aren’t just made. They have to become who they are through a series of events that a lot of people can relate to. So, in that standpoint, it fits very well with everything else I’ve done. So I feel no pressure, I just want to do a good job.”
Mufasa: The Lion King Plot?
At this point, little is known about the story of Mufasa: The Lion King. When the project was first announced in 2020, it was said to be like The Godfather Part II in that it would jump back and forth between the past and the present. Publications have recently called this new movie a prequel, but the D23 teaser shows Rafiki telling Timon and Pumbaa the backstory of Mufasa. This could be how the movie moves between the past and the present. In the hand-drawn spinoff The Lion King 1 1/2, Timon and Pumbaa tell a funny story about how they met for the first time.
On the other hand, Mufasa: The Lion King may be based on the original Lion King tie-in book The Lion King: A Tale of Two Brothers, which is about Mufasa and Scar when they were younger. At first, Kelvin Harrison Jr. was set to voice a character named Taka. In the novel, Mufasa’s younger brother was named Taka before he became Scar, making it seem like the movie already uses something from the book. We hope to learn more about the movie’s plot in the next few months.