This year finally sees the release of Mowgli, Warner Bros' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, but it hasn't even been a full two years since we were treated to a "live action" Jungle Book movie. In 2016, Disney released its own adaptation that was inspired by the studio's 1967 movie, and this latest version was so critically and commercially successful that a sequel was quickly ordered. There have been few updates for The Jungle Book 2 since then, but according to screenwriter Justin Marks, the next movie will include some material that was scrapped from Disney's first Jungle Book movie. As Marks revealed:
Justin Marks also talked about how there's plenty of original source material that could be mined for The Jungle Book 2, whether looking at Kipling's sequel The Second Jungle Book or other short stories he wrote. It's possible that Marks and Jon Favreau may look in those areas for inspiration, too, but the men have definitely settled on incorporating elements that were tossed aside when Disney was tackling the story in animated form over five decades ago.
While speaking with Slashfilm during the Television Critics Association press event (where he was promoting his new Starz series, Counterpart), Justin Marks also addressed the fact that unlike Rudyard Kipling's original text, the new Jungle Book movie didn't end with Mowgli returning to live with his fellow humans. When asked if the sequel would delve into that territory, Marks responded:
Although the young Neel Sethi was the only primary actor to actually be seen in The Jungle Book, the remake featured an all-star voice cast that included Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Christopher Walken as Louie, Lupita Wyong'o as Raksha and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela. With Jon Favreau busy with The Lion King, it will presumably be a while until The Jungle Book 2 takes the next step forward in development, but at least Favreau and Justin Marks already have ideas on where they're going.
The Jungle Book 2 hasn't been assigned a release date yet, but keep it here at CinemaBlend for more updates on the sequel. In the meantime, you can look through our Disney movies guide to see what the Mouse House has coming up.
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