Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Jon Favreau's latest, THE JUNGLE BOOK. I'll be posting a review within the next 48 hours, but I can give you a sneak peek right now:
It's good. It's very, very good.
Disney can sense that it's got a major hit on its hands, as the film has already raked in around $32 million in a handful of foreign markets, and critics so far have given the film a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. So it should come as no surprise that the Mouse House is beginning to get its ducks in a row for THE JUNGLE BOOK 2.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Favreau, fellow Queens College boy (hehe), has already been asked to return to the director's chair, and Justin Marks has also been rehired to write the sequel. Since the film, a live-action adaptation of the animated Disney classic, is based on Rudyard Kipling's stories about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), THR says that the studio intends to dig deep into the source material and mine them for more movies.
It should be assumed that Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, and Lupita Nyong'o will also return.
THE JUNGLE BOOK opens this Friday.