The King’s narrative has been pushed out till 2024. Disney has confirmed the release dates for numerous major projects, including Inside Out 2 and the live-action adaptation of Snow White, as well as a timetable change for the next live-action The Haunted Mansion feature. Mufasa: The Lion King, the CG precursor to the 2019 remake The Lion King, has been added to the list of freshly announced release dates. The film’s release date has been pushed out until July 5, 2024.
This formal release date news comes shortly after Barry Jenkins, who will take over as director for the prequel picture from Jon Favreau, confirmed during the Disney and Pixar panel at D23 that Mufasa: The Lion King would have a 2024 release window. The year-long window has now been reduced to a single day. The prequel story will follow Mufasa and Taka, his brother who would become Scar, as they investigate the former’s journey to the throne.
Collider initially reported on the prequel in 2021, when Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. were cast as Mufasa and Taka, respectively. The story will apparently be portrayed via the eyes of Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki, as Simba, now King, desires to learn about his father’s past and carry on his father’s legacy. It has not been announced whether Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, and John Kani will reprise their roles from the 2019 film. There is currently no indication of additional casting for the next project, other than Pierre and Harrison Jr.
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Barry Jenkins’ ‘MUFASA: THE LION KING’ releases on May 7, 2024 in theaters.
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Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for the previous computer-generated production of The Lion King in 2019, is back to create the script for Mufasa: The Lion King. Nathanson will also serve as the project’s producer. Jenkins is best known as the director of Oscar-winning films such as Moonlight and his Amazon Prime Video original series The Underground Railroad. Mark Ceryak and Adele Romanski, the project’s producers, have previously collaborated with Jenkins on The Underground Railroad and Moonlight, respectively. Mufasa will also be produced by Peter M. Tobyansen (Avatar: The Way of Water).
Mufasa: The Lion King is scheduled to premiere on July 5, 2024. Keep an eye on Collider for more information, details, and updates on a future project. The 2019 Lion King trailer is available below
Is Mufasa returning?
Mufasa: The Lion King, the CG precursor to the 2019 remake The Lion King, has been added to the list of freshly announced release dates. The film’s release date has been pushed out until July 5, 2024.
Will a Mufasa film be made?
Disney Studios revealed on Friday that Mufasa: The Lion King, it’s a much-awaited film, will be released in 2024. Oscar winner Barry Jenkins directs the precursor to 2019’s live-action The Lion King.
Mufasa, is he older than Scar?
Scar, Mufasa’s conniving younger brother, was next in line to seize the throne until his nephew Simba, Mufasa’s son, was born and replaced him.
What did Mufasa tell Scar?
Mufasa: Scar, don’t turn your back on me. Scar: No, Mufasa. Perhaps *you* should not abandon *me*.