Ahead of its release in theaters on Friday, April 15, Disney seems to be on a roll in giving us another trip back to the heart of the jungle. Screen Rant reports that Jungle Book fever may have caught in Hollywood since another Disney sequel to the man-cub’s jungle adventures is slated to hit theaters anytime soon.
In spite of the film not even been released yet, Director Jon Favreau and script writer Justin Marks are already in negotiations for a sequel. This is somehow expected, given the positive reviews that the film has garnered so far, with the potential of being a box office hit especially after it earned $8.4 million on its opening weekend in India as Screen Rant reported.
It is worthwhile to note that Warner Bros has announced that they will also be releasing their own remake (i.e. their own version) of the Rudyard Kipling classic which is slated to be released in 2018. Entitled as The Jungle Book: Origins, WB has tapped on Director Andy Serkis to take the helm and to ensure that their rendition will be able to go head-to-head with Disney’s live action/CG re-make. There’s no info yet on the cast of The Jungle Book: Origins but it will be interesting to see how close Serkis’ movie will stay true to the original Jungle Book story. We’ll just leave the matter to you to speculate if Disney is alarmed by these developments (hence the move to offer a sequel) or not.
Disney’s The Jungle Book stars the voice talents of Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Idris Elba as Shere Khan, among many others. Unlike the story’s 1994 live-action remake, however, this one will be closer to the animated classic’s musical numbers, like ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You.’
We have no reports yet on what The Jungle Book 2’s source material will be, but perhaps Disney may look into having another Kipling classic as its basis, which actually turns out to be a sequel to the original: The Second Jungle Book. First published in 1895, it features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories, all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. Though the book itself has been rendered already in a live-action movie in 1997’s The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, it was not received well and received several critical reviews.
For sure Disney, Favreau and Marks will consider all of these things carefully, and in the end, fans of the Mouse House will be guaranteed with a well-thought sequel that clearly showcases Disney’s unique brand of storytelling.