The Jungle Book is an upcoming American live-action/CGI adventure fantasy film directed by Khalid Bin Altaf .written by Justin Marks, and distributed by Eimon Hossion.The film's executive producers are Molly Allen, Karen Gilchrist, Peter M. Tobyanse. Music will be written by John Debney.
The film will be released in 3D and open on April 15, 2016. Filming began on August 5, 2014.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
We haven’t heard much about Jon Favreau‘s live-action hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book since production ended. The studio released a piece of concept art that revealed what the project might look like once it is done, and the filmmaker had Instagrammed a bunch of behind-the-scenes images showing the progress.
Otherwise, however, it’s been pretty much radio silence since December of last year. And so, this year’s D23 Expo was the public’s first major look at the new project. Happily, The Jungle Book did not disappoint. Get our Jungle Book D23 footage and panel recap — and see the first Jungle Book poster — after the jump.
Speaking onstage, Disney’s president of production Sean Bailey talked about how The Jungle Book could not have been brought to life earlier, as every aspect needed to be presented in a photorealistic way. Favreau was chosen to direct because the studio needed a filmmaker “who could get the nuance of the source material and the story’s legacy in Disney history.”
Disney had already turned Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book into a successful film once before, with the 1967 animated feature. In early planning meetings, the filmmakers asked each other: “Are we going to be adding anything to this?” But Alan Horn, who’d been brought up on the book, had a different perspective. The result is a live-action reboot that aims to balance Disney’s animated film with the source material, offering a fresh look at an old tale.
To that end, Favreau spent time with Richard Sherman, who wrote the music for the earlier movie. And while Favreau’s Jungle Book will incorporate ultra-modern CG technology, Favreau points out that “taking the edge of technology and applying it to the old stories” is part of Disney’s legacy. “The best CGI for me is the kind that is so good it disappears,” he said.
Cast members Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o were present at D23, along with Neel Sethi, the child actor who plays Mowgli. Because The Jungle Book was filmed with Sethi in live-action, with the animated characters voiced by other actors added in post-production, D23 was the first opportunity Sethi had to meet any of his co-stars.
The trailer for Jon Favreau‘s reimagining of The Jungle Book hit the web today (watch The Jungle Book trailer now if you haven’t already), and the filmmaker has taken to twitter to answer some of the fans questions. Since not everyone is following Favreau’s tweets, I thought I’d round-up the interesting answers and present them to you in a more digestible format (a blog post).
Also I tweeted this, but I wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention here on the site: After watching The Jungle Book trailer, consider this: 99% of the animals and environments you see in that trailer were created with CG. The film was all shot in a studio in downtown Los Angeles. Mowgli, the human boy, is the only live-action character, and aside from the ground he stood on, most of the environment around him was created digitally. Judging from the early footage in the trailer, I’m impressed. Hit the jump to read Favreau answer some Jungle Book questions and talk bout how he created the film and more.
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