barry jenkins directing lion king

How did Disney manage to land an Oscar-winning filmmaker like Barry Jenkins to direct a Lion King prequel? The idea was also a surprise to Jenkins, who admitted in a recent interview that he was skeptical of boarding a Disney “live-action” remake/prequel of an animated classic like The Lion King. But three key factors managed to make him change his mind.

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Jungle Cruise Trailer

In case you spent all day yesterday on the Moon, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, Disney hosted a massive Investor Day presentation where they laid out plans for all sorts of future films and TV shows. It was kind of like Comic-Con, but all Disney, all the time, and with a lot more talk about stock options. We here at /Film covered the biggest of the big news yesterday, but there were still plenty of odds and ends left to round-up.

So gather round, children, and allow me to tell you the tale of the future Disney has in store for all of us. As a wise man once said, we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

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New Mondo Disney Tiki Mugs

Mondo has given the Tiki Mug treatment to Universal Monsters, Gremlins, Predator, Alien, Marvel Comics characters, and more. But recently, they’ve been teaming up with Disney to bring some of their iconic characters to shelves as collectible handmade ceramic Tiki Mugs, and today brings new additions from The Lion King, The Rocketeer, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and each one has several different color variants. Check out all the new Mondo Disney Tiki Mugs below. Read More »

Disney Animation Posters and Marvel Artwork by Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott

Artists Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott have delivered some stunning pop culture for our consumption in the past. Not too long ago, Cramp crafted a series of The Lord of the Rings pieces that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life beautifully, and Chilcott provided several different versions of Batman in Gotham City. Now both artists are back taking in different pop culture iconography in their signature styles.

This time, Cliff Cramp has honed in on some astounding landscapes of Disney’s animated classics such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Mulan, and more. Meanwhile, Mark Chilcott has shifted to the superheroes of New York with some masterful interpretations of Spider-Man and Daredevil. Check out all of their latest pieces below. Read More »

Ben Harman Disney Dreamland Art

Throughout this year, artist Ben Harman has been fleshing out his Disney Dreamland art series, bringing to life beautiful images from Disney’s classic animated movies. Each of his prints is like a vertical widescreen image with meticulously recreated architecture, amazing landscapes, astounding skyscapes, and incredible detail. And more are arriving today.

Bottleneck Gallery and Eyeland Prints UK are releasing seven new Disney Dreamland posters today inspired by six of Disney’s beloved animated movies: Fantasia, The Lion King, Hercules, Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog, and Lady and the Tramp. Keep reading to see all new posters and find out how to get them. Read More »

the lion king sequel

Disney is returning to Pride Rock again. The House of Mouse is developing a follow-up to Jon Favreau’s 2019 CG-animated remake of The Lion King and has tapped Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins to helm the follow-up. It’s unclear if the film will adapt the direct-to-video animated The Lion King II, or if it will include the film’s all-time banger of a song, “One of Us.” If not…deception and disgraceRead More »

Zack Snyder's Justice League DC FanDome Panel

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the full DC FanDome panel for HBO Max’s upcoming release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Plus, get a look behind the scenes of the choreography and planning for the stunts in the third season of Stranger Things, and find out how to draw The Lion King‘s flatulent warthog hero Pumbaa. Read More »

Black Is King Trailer

Beyoncé is basically the queen of visual albums thanks to the collections of music videos she created for her musical albums Beyoncé and Lemonade. So it’s only appropriate that the queen is given us Black is King, a visual album based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, a collection of music inspired by remake of the Disney classic. Now a new trailer has arrived to tease the album’s arrival at the end of the month, and you can watch it below. Read More »

black is king teaser

The Queen has returned. A year after Disney’s CG remake of The Lion King hit theaters alongside Beyoncé‘s accompanying music album inspired by the iconic songs of the animated film, Disney suddenly announced that the music superstar is releasing a visual album, Black is King, on Disney+. Written and directed by Beyoncé, Black is King takes songs from her The Lion King-inspired album The Gift and “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” Watch the Black is King teaser below.

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2020 Best Visual Effects Oscar Nominees

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a visual effects supervisor walks us through the movie magic for this years nominees for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Avengers: Endgame. Plus, Margot Robbie stops by Hot Ones to eat some spicy chicken wings and talk about her career so far, and Samuel L. Jackson dramatically reads Yelp reviews. Read More »