Disney is riding high on its upcoming live-action take on "The Jungle Book," so much so that it's reportedly already working on a sequel to the flick.

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]

The Jungle Book
PG2016
Based on 49 critics

Young Mowgli meets an array of jungle animals as he embarks on an epic journey of self-discovery. Read More

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