The trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of “The Jungle Book” has now been released. The film, starring 10-year-old Neel Sethi is based upon the 1967 animated classic movie and the stories of Rudyard Kipling.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is seen making his way through the jungle, with Scarlett Johansson’s voice as the snake Kaa in the background, Bill Murray can also be heard whistling towards the end of the trailer. At the Disney D23 convention, a different teaser for the remake was unveiled, showing Bill Murray as Baloo the bear singing “The Bare Necessities.”
The film will be an updated version directed by Jon Favreau, whose film repertoire includes the “Iron Man” series, “Cowboys Vs Aliens,” and “Chef.” It will also showcase the voices of Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Lupita Nyong’o as the wolf mother Raksha, and Christopher Walken as King Louie.
According to Cinema Blend, Favreau wants to veer away from the traditional formulas of Disney films, instead making use of new computer-generated methods, as seen in the trailer.
“I love big themes and a hero’s journey and the whole Joseph Campbell aspect of it, but then you also have this personality of the Walt Disney [animated] film which, although tonally is different than what we’re doing, there’s a lot of great images and feelings that I remember from being a kid that I’d love to incorporate using today’s technology and storytelling techniques,” said the director.
Following the movie will be the release of “Jungle Book: Origins” on October 16, 2017. The film’s cast includes acclaimed actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. It will be directed by Andy Serkis, known for playing Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings.” According to Consequence of Sound, “Origins” will have a darker tone, akin to the original story by Rudyard Kipling.
Disney is also planning live-action remakes of Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Dumbo (to be directed by Tim Burton). The Jungle Book is slated to hit cinemas on April 15 2016