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Disney and Jon Favreau developing The Jungle Book sequel

The Jungle Book

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY is already planning a sequel to the Jon Favreau directed Jungle Book.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, who respectively directed and wrote the movie, are in talks to return in their roles for a potential follow-up. Favreau would also produce.

The news comes just days before the studio prepares to open its live-action take on the Rudyard Kipling tale, which has thus far attracted positive reviews.

Incredibly, the new movie was shot entirely on stages in Los Angeles and features a number of high profile actors lending their voices to performance capture animals.

Bill Murray stars as Baloo the bear, Idris Elba voices Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley plays Begheera the panther, Scarlet Johansson is Kaa the serpent and Lupita Nyong’o is Raksha, the mother wolf. Newcomer Neel Sethi makes his feature debut as Mowgli.

Disney’s live-action division already has a strong record for successfully re-imagining its animated classics into live-action films for contemporary audiences.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was the first to enjoy success, followed by Angelia Jolie’s Maleficent and the Kenneth Branagh directed Cinderella.

Off the back of this, the division is now expanding its repertoire with Pete’s Dragon, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford, due in August.

It also has Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass set to open in May and Beauty & The Beast, starring Emma Watson, due for March 2017.

Pre-release tracking on The Jungle Book places it on the higher end of the scale when it opens in the US, as well as the UK, on Friday. And in India, where the film has already opened, it took $8.4 million, to register the second-highest industry opening for a Western release there.

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