According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mouse House has tapped director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks to once again assume those roles on the follow-up, which will reportedly be based on other Mowgli-centric stories by author Rudyard Kipling, who penned the original "Jungle Book" tales in the late 1800s. "Disney plans to dig deep into the source material," per THR.
While this isn't exactly a new concept -- a film getting a sequel order before it hits domestic theaters -- it's good news for the studio, which bet big on its latest trend of live-action remakes of its original animated films, including recent hits like "Cinderella" and "Alice in Wonderland." "The Jungle Book" -- inspired by Disney's 1967 version of Kipling's book -- is already doing solid business overseas, where it's opened to the tune of $31.7 million in several international markets (including $8.4 million in India, good for second place on the country's all-time list of western movie openings).
It's unclear if any or all of the starry "Jungle Book" voice cast (which includes Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and Ben Kingsley) will return for the follow-up, but expect newcomer Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, to be front and center.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he's ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure. Read More