2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney's "The Lion King." ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney’s “The Lion King.”
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(Relaxnews) – Starting in 2015, Disney will launch a series of TV spin-offs on its 1994 animated movie. Kion, Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, will be the star of a new TV movie slated to air on the Disney Channel.

“The Lion King” was a smash hit with moviegoers when it debuted in 1994, bringing in nearly $800 million at the global box office. Twenty years later, Disney is hoping to prolong the success of the franchise with “The Lion Guard.”

The forthcoming TV movie, scheduled to air in 2015, will follow Kion and his troop of lions responsible for protecting the jungle and the Lion Kingdom. The spin-off will include some of the iconic characters from the original feature, including Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog. Additional related spin-offs are expected to follow in 2016.

Disney has already made two sequels to “The Lion King,” although both were direct-to-video. In 1997, the feature was adaptated into an immensely successful musical that has been seen by over 54 million viewers in theaters worldwide.

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