Disney has entrusted Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2) with the reigns of its live-action & CGI combination remake of the classic The Jungle Book movie.
The movie will combine some live-action with photo-realistic CGI animals and environments. Think how the apes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were created digitally and you’ll get the picture. The movie has been on track for an October 9, 2015 release.
We’re now getting our first look at the title treatment (above) and first concept art for the film.
That’s definitely a departure from the style of the animated classic, but the spirit is still there.
This movie is currently in production and the director has been sharing a few photos of himself on set and with various cast members.
Jon Favreau corralled Christopher Walken (King Louie), Bill Murray (Baloo), and Doctor John while in Nola for this Instagram.
Earlier Favreau posted this pic of Scarlett Johannsson voicing the role of Kaa from Disney’s Jungle Book
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Directed by Jon Favreau (“Chef,” “Iron Man,” “Elf”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johannsson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photo-realistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on Oct. 9, 2015.