It”s not even out in the UK and the US till this Friday, but Disney is reportedly getting the ball rolling on a sequel to their new version of The Jungle Book already, because the film has already been out in Asia and Latin America and has been very successful, plus there’s quite a strong word of mouth about the film, in particular its apparently hugely impressive CGI, despite it telling a story which has been told several times before and was immortalised in the wonderful animated movie version. THR informs us that director Jon Favreau and and screenwriter Justin Marks are already in negotiations to return for The Jungle Book 2. Favreau will additionally produce, along with Brigham Taylor. Author Rudyard Kipling wrote lots of Jungle Book tales, so it’s not as if materials for follow-ups aren’t already in place. I can’t imagine it’ll have much to do with do with the poor cartoon sequel made in 2003 though, which is probably a good thing.
The Jungle Book is released this Friday, and stars Neel Sethi, plus the vocies of Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and more.
It seems like Warner Bros.’ competing Jungle Book movie, set for release Autumn 2018, is going to be completely overshadowed by this one!