Disney announces Lion King spin-off TV movie
The circle of life is back in motion and this time will focus on Simba's son
The circle of life is back in motion as Disney is planning a Lion King spin-off.
Set to air as a TV movie in the US next autumn, The Lion Guard will follow Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. The red-haired prince must gather a group of friends to protect and preserve the Pride Lands for future generations.
Popular characters including Timon and Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Mufasa are all expected to make appearances (yes, we know Mufasa is dead, but perhaps we will see him in the stars again?).
Kion’s sister Kiara will also feature in the film, alongside Simba and Nala. Hippo Beshte, egret Ono, honey badger Bunga and cheetah Fuli are among the new characters.
“It’s kind of like The Lion King meets The Avengers,” hinted Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior’s general manager. “The story of The Lion King has deeply touched families around the world. We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes.”
A UK broadcast date for The Lion Guard has not yet been confirmed but a follow-up 2016 series is already being planned for the Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
The Oscar-winning original film hit cinemas twenty years ago in 1994 and remains an all-time classic. Two sequels, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1 ½ followed, with Timon and Pumbaa also starring in a Nineties spin-off TV series.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 5 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
The Interview makes £9.6m in online rentals and downloads in a matter of days
Diana West End play 'suggests James Hewitt could be Prince Harry’s father'
Game of Thrones named most-pirated TV show of 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in the UAE over 'religious mistakes'
Marilyn Manson breaks silence on Lana Del Rey rape clip: 'I wouldn't make a video of that nature'
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Douglas Carswell tells Ukip to stop blaming foreigners as youth poll shows Nigel Farage is even less popular than Nick Clegg