Disney’s ‘Lion King’ sequel out on television in 2015

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “The Lion Guard,” a sequel to the 1994 award-winning animation “Lion King,” is all set to premiere as a TV movie in the fall of 2015 and debut in early 2016 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, it was announced Tuesday.

In a statement, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide Nancy Canter said, “The story of ‘The Lion King’ has deeply touched families around the world since its original theatrical release 20 years ago. We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes.”

The sequel follows the story of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, who becomes the leader of the Lion Guard, a group tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Instead of following tradition of choosing young lions to make up his team, Kion breaks free by gathering his friends to help him.

The film, to be directed by Howy Parkins, was developed by Ford Riley, who also serves as an executive producer. Christopher Willis is to compose the musical score. The voice cast is yet to be announced.

“The Lion King,” now on its 20th anniversary, has since grossed $987.4 million worldwide, and has sold over 14 million copies of its Grammy award-winning soundtrack. The film’s Broadway adaptation, now on its 17th year, is being shown worldwide with 10 productions in eight languages.

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