It hasn't even been released in theaters yet, but Disney doesn't need box office figures to know that The Jungle book will be a massive hit. Already hoping to emulate its early success and rave reviews, the studio is reportedly negotiating to bring back the director and screenwriter for a sequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is looking to have Jon Favreau and Justin Marks team up once again for another wild adventure in the jungle. Their modern, live-action retelling of Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories and the 1967 Disney animated classic is already a blockbuster, with a current score of 100 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Jungle Book, which opens on Friday, has an all-star cast including Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. Favreau and his team also held an extensive casting search to find an unknown talent to play Mowgli. After auditioning thousands of child actors, they landed on Neel Sethi to play the young man-cub.
The movie was filmed entirely in Downtown Los Angeles and used motion capture, photorealistic rendering and innovative key frame computer animation to achieve Favreau's vision and bring the jungle to life.
From the trailers alone it's obvious that these pioneering efforts in animation have achieved their desired results. Between its stunning aesthetic, heartwarming story and star-studded cast, it's no wonder Disney is eager to bring back Favreau and Marks for a follow-up film.
'The Jungle Book' will premiere in theaters on April 15.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)