Disney plans to revitalize the “Lion King” franchise with a new animated series and TV movie called “The Lion Guard.” The new series will bow on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
The series will continue the storyline of the “Lion King” feature from 1994 with a TV movie in the fall and a regular series in 2016.
“We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes,” said Nancy Kanter, exec VP of original programming and g.m. of Disney Junior Worldwide.
The series incorporates strong environmental and conservation messages as it revolves around lion cub Kion’s role as a member of the Lion Guard group tasked with preserving his family’s natural habitat. Series will revive “Lion King” characters including Simba, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa. Ford Riley developed “Lion Guard” and is exec producer.