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The first look at Disney's upcoming live action version of The Jungle Book has arrived, and if this is any indication, we're in for an epic, sweeping adventure.
Earlier today, we showcased the first ever poster for Jon Favreauís upcoming The Jungle Book, which gave us a close-up look at the brand new live-action versions of some truly legendary literary characters. That, however, is not the full extent of the preview that we received this morning, as Disney showed off an entire sizzle reel from the 2016 blockbuster.
Itís been a long while since weíve heard anything on the front of Jon Favreauís upcoming live-action Jungle Book. But today at Disneyís Live-Action panel at D23 Expo, the studio revealed a better look at the upcoming feature, including the storyís two protagonists and unlikely friends, Mowgli and Bagheera the panther.
It turns out that some of Disney's animators are just plain lazy.
The folks over at Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 movie fans and polled them on which stars and films theyíre most anticipating to see grace the screen in 2015. Naturally, Star Wars, Avengers and Hunger Games topped the film categories, and the actor lists were very much a reflection of this ranking.
Jon Favreau has previously stated that he does not want to completely replicate the animated Jungle Book, he has promised that Bill Murray will sing Balooís famous song.
Jon Favreauís upcoming big budget Disney film, The Jungle Book has just released its first official concept art photo featuring Mowgli and Bagheera the panther.
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. Itís easy to see how this could have been Inarrituís Life Of Pi, but Deadline reports that heís now out, with the studio seeking a replacement.