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Jon Favreau is now in production on the live-action remake of Disney's The Jungle Book. And he can't wait to give us a look at his cast, which boasts Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and newcomer Neel Sethi.
As Disney has its own live-action remake of The Jungle Book in the works with Jon Favreau at the helm to rival Warner Bros' Jungle Book: Origins, we've created a helpful image guide to keep straight the who's who of it all.
Two dueling Jungle Books are making their way through pre-production. Disney and Jon Favreau's has had the advantage, scoring big headlines with an all-star cast. But today Warner Bros has struck back with a compelling casting coup of their own, securing international star Benedict Cumberbatch
You never really know when or where Bill Murray might turn up. Unless it's a Wes Anderson movie, in which case, there's a pretty good chance. But The Jungle Book isn't a Wes Anderson movie, it's a Disney movie directed by Jon Favreau, and Bill Murray is voicing the role of Balou.
Academy Award winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) has signed on along with Giancarlo Esposito, who earned an Emmy nomination for his work as Gus Fring on highly acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad.
While the Disney adventure directed by Jon Favreau will feature stars like Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o and Ben Kingsley, 10-year-old Neel Sethi will get the spotlight playing Mowgli. The rest will voice the CGI-creatures who inhabit the jungle alongside this friendly feral boy.
Based on the classic story written by Rudyard Kipling and adapted by screenwriter Jason Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), The Jungle Book will tell the story of a young boy named Mowgli, his adventures with various animals in the rainforest, and, presumably, his reintroduction to human society. Bagheera is classically one of the good guys, having spent years as Mowgli's protector and ward.
Warner Bros.' adaptation of The Jungle Book is starting to pick up steam and now has Andy Serkis ready to work some mo-cap magic, but Disney's competing project based on the same source material is already in its casting stage.
Serkis has officially come on board The Jungle Book as its helmer. The ambitious project will mark his directorial debut.
In the battle between the two in-development Jungle Book adaptations, it looks like Jon Favreau's has bested Ron Howard's in being the first to add to add an actor to the cast.Idris Elba is now in final negotiations to take the role of Shere Khan, the film's central villain in Favreau's take over at Disney.
After just a little more than a month of development, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu decided that making a new adaptation of The Jungle Book with Warner Bros. just wasn't going to fit into his schedule, but already, it seems, the studio has found a replacement.
The Jungle Book has become a classic in the Disney canon, thanks to its crisp animation, male protagonist and its position as the last major film Walt Disney was able to put a major stamp on.
Warner Bros. thought they had an ace in the hole with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the whimsy-provider who previously directed Babel. It’s easy to see how this could have been Inarritu’s Life Of Pi, but Deadline reports that he’s now out, with the studio seeking a replacement.
Considering Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made over $1 billion globally when it came out back in 2010, we all knew that the film would eventually generate a sequel - the main question was "when." Rumblings began earlier this year when The Muppets director James Bobin was rumored for the director's chair, and then a summer report said that Depp was in negotiations to reprise his role as the crazy Mad Hatter, but now the Walt Disney Company has made it official.
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book has a pretty great history on the big screen thanks to both the animated film from 1967 and the live action adaptation from director Stephen Sommers in 1994, but now the story is getting ready get another feature adaptation, this time potentially from the director of Iron Man.
When you're Disney, you've pretty much already got a monopoly on childhood imagination, creating iconic versions of enough fairy tales and inventing enough characters of your own to fill millions of daycare toy chests. But the movie industry pauses for no man, not even Walt Disney's cryogenically frozen head, and at some point you've got to keep making new movies to entertain new generations… even though they're not always going to live up to the old ones
When discussing The Jungle Book, most people think about the fantastic animated animated version from 1967, but the truth is that there actually is a halfway decent live-action version out there as well. Directed by Stephen Sommers, the Rudyard Kipling adaptation had a stellar cast that included Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, John Cleese and Jason Flemyng and actually did a great job of integrating real animals into the story.