Rudyard Kipling’s book The Jungle Book is a classic that anyone growing up should be compulsorily made to read. Disney’s take on Kipling’s stories in 1967 is an amazing piece of adventure that touched hearts and turned into an instant success. Anyone who has watched that animated movie and traveled with Mowgli in the deep and scary jungles of India could never ever have forgotten the experience. Many more movies have been attempted on Kipling’s book in later years, but it is only now that things are being attempted on a larger scale. It will begin with Disney’s own live-action version releasing in 2016 followed by another movie by Warner Bros. in 2017. Why two movies on the same story are being released in successive years is a question to ponder on another day. But for now, we are totally excited by the first trailer released by Disney for next year’s The Jungle Book.
Who’s the director: Jon Favreau, the man behind Iron Man and Iron Man 2, who essentially kick-started the whole Avengers universe. He did not do himself any justice by then opting to direct the rather timid Cowboys & Aliens, but sort of redeemed himself with 2014’s indie hit Chef. Favreau does know how to scale up things on the big screen, and that is what we want from him in The Jungle Book.
Who’s in the cast: It’s a pretty awesome cast that has raised the expectations from this movie. Neel Sethi will not be a name heard of, for he is the young newcomer who will play Mowgli. But then look at this: Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Christoper Walken as King Louie and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. It’s incredible! I bet Disney will tease each character’s voice through trailers and TV spots. And to begin with, the first trailer has Scarlett Johansson give us the chills as the hissing snake, Kaa.
Where to watch the trailer: Right here! Favreau had previously spoken on the technical advancements in filmmaking over the last five decades that has made it possible for him to do something new with the story. The trailer does give us a taste of what Favreau wants to bring to the screen. Hopefully, the whole meal would be mouth-watering too!
The Jungle Book is scheduled to release in the USA on April 15, 2016.