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Jon Favreau shares some info on The Jungle Book plus first poster

08.15.2015
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The story of an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther, is one we're going to see a couple of times in the future. Disney's iteration of THE JUNGLE BOOK, which was initially set to arrive this October, has since been moved to April of next year. Being crafted by director Jon Favreau (CHEF, IRON MAN), this film's sporting a hell of an ensemble cast that includes the voices of Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Bill Murray as Baloo and Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

As far as this weekend's Disney expo is concerned, JoBlo's JimmO took it upon himself to check out some of the the madness with THE JUNGLE BOOK being one of them. Jon Favreau took the stage, stating that this was his first D23. Favreau was born a year before the original animated film premiered, so he felt very close to it growing up. He's also been hanging out a lot with Richard Sherman, who wrote the music for the original. Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha) and Neel Sethi (Mowgli), the only live actor in the movie, also took the stage.

Ben Kingsley made mention that Pinochhio's When You Wish Upon a Star inspired him. Favreau went on to talk about how this movie is essentially an animated film, shot entirely in L.A., and that he is very proud of the bond between Mowgli and Raksha. Some footage was shown that's very close to a trailer, with Scarlett Johansson narrating, and featuring Mowgli meeting the various JUNGLE BOOK characters. While the film seemed unfininished, the footage is coming along nicely, garnering a huge response at the hall. Hopefully it won't be too long before this stuff is online! For now, you can check out the first poster for the film below!

THE JUNGLE BOOK is scheduled to hit theaters on April 15, 2016.

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5:54PM on 08/16/2015
Sure this will be decent, but Jon Favreau, (IMO) is an overrated and rather unremarkable director who seems incapable of establishing an identity for himself in a sea full of other directors. Honestly, I'm more interested in the Warner bros adaptation in which Cumberbatch, Blanchett will be better suited to their roles than Elba and Johanson respectively. Elba, especially, is a miscast here.
Sure this will be decent, but Jon Favreau, (IMO) is an overrated and rather unremarkable director who seems incapable of establishing an identity for himself in a sea full of other directors. Honestly, I'm more interested in the Warner bros adaptation in which Cumberbatch, Blanchett will be better suited to their roles than Elba and Johanson respectively. Elba, especially, is a miscast here.
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12:00AM on 08/16/2015
I'm wondering why we haven't seen any footage yet?
I'm wondering why we haven't seen any footage yet?
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10:06PM on 08/15/2015
Want and need trailer......
Want and need trailer......
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8:39PM on 08/15/2015
I'm interested...
I'm interested...
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6:33PM on 08/15/2015
That sucks we have to wait until next year. I am really looking forward to this. And Walken as King Louie just brings a smile to my face.
That sucks we have to wait until next year. I am really looking forward to this. And Walken as King Louie just brings a smile to my face.
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