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Film Twitter Reacts To Barry Jenkins Directing 'Lion King' Follow Up

By Kristy Puchko | Film | September 30, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | September 30, 2020 |


Celebrated filmmaker Barry Jenkins has brought audiences such gorgeous, Black-led cinema as Medicine For Melancholy, Moonlight, and If Beale Street Could Talk. He is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, a critic-adored director, and his next project is the newly announced “follow up” to Disney’s “live-action” Lion King, which Deadline reports may explore “Mufasa’s origin story.”

To say this was a surprising turn of events is an understatement. Jenkins has built his reputation on intimate indies, and now he’s being offered a big, fat franchise that’s been universally panned for its soullessness. Some fear this will be a waste of his talents. Others argue: don’t we want great filmmakers to get the big fat checks that studio hacks do? Don’t we want them to have the opportunity to bring their vision to the masses?

Put simply, Film Twitter was torn.

Some weren’t happy about the news.

Others supported Jenkins’ choice.

As for Jenkins, he and his brilliant filmmaker girlfriend Lulu Wang, shared their excitement for this opportunity.

What do you think about this Lion King not-a-sequel news?

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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