Just yesterday came word that Warner Bros. has pushed the release date for Jungle Book: Origins back to 2017, giving them a whole two years of breathing room following the release of Disney’s own live-action version of The Jungle Book. And right on the heels of that news, Disney has released the first official logo for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, along with some lovely concept art.
Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book for Disney will feature a blend of live-action and CGI, not unlike WB’s Jungle Book: Origins, which will also serve as the directorial debut for actor and motion-capture genius, Andy Serkis. While we’ll have to wait an extra year for Serkis’ film to hit theaters, we’ll be able to see Favreau’s The Jungle Book next fall. The Disney film stars newcomer Neel Sethi as the live-action Mowgli, with Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger, Bill Murray as the lovable bear Baloo, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake. We’ll presumably get the first teaser or trailer in the next few months.
Check out the first Jungle Book reboot concept art:
Behind The Scenes:
THE JUNGLE BOOK Director Jon Favreau has unleashed lots of photos from behind the scenes. Favreau is working with a bunch of very awesome, very talented people for the new Disney film, and many of them make appearances in these photos, including a surprise visit from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who visited the set of the new film and spent some time with old Marvel pal Favreau, the former ‘Iron Man’ director. And Favreau isn't the only friend of Marvel they were visiting, as both Johansson and ‘Jungle Book’ co-star Idris Elba are stars of the MCU.
Check out the photos below:
The official Synopsis for The Jungle Book:
Mowgli—a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves—embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. See an all-new live-action retelling of The Jungle Book, coming to theaters on October 9, 2015.
My biggest question about The Jungle Book is whether Jon Favreau is going to go with the blatant CGI look of other recent Disney live action adaptations like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Cinderella, or if this is going to be as photo-realistic as possible, like Life of Pi. I would love to see these talking animals look real and not cartoony, but that may just be me.
The Jungle Book also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Giancarlo Esposito, and—as the synopsis above mentions—hits theaters on October 9, 2015.
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