It’s been four years since Jon Favreau adapted Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale The Jungle Book for the big screen, with the live-action/animated fantasy grossing almost $1 billion worldwide.
The narrative of Mowgli, a small boy raised by wolves who finds his way in the Indian woods by living among a mix of friendly and not-so-friendly speaking animals of various shapes and sizes, remains one of the greatest of the Disney live-action adaptations. This makes it all the more strange that, after all these years, the House of Mouse hasn’t made a huge push to develop The Jungle Book 2.
But there hasn’t been much after then. So, while we anticipate an unknown future, let’s take a look at what’s been going on with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book 2.
What do we expect from ‘The Jungle Book ‘?
In the sequel, could we see Mowgli in the world of men?
Well, here is official plot synopsis –
“The aim for the second film is to dig further into the Kipling, as well as some of the Disney materials from the 1967 picture that may not have seen the light of day in the first. When it came to Bill Peet’s work on the original picture, some of which Walt Disney rejected, Jon [Favreau] and I dug deep into the Disney archives to examine some of the concepts. ‘Wait, that’s a wonderful concept,’ we thought. That is something we desperately need in the picture.’ So that’s how we created it.”
It’s unclear what they’re bringing into the sequel, and Marks doesn’t appear to be interested in revealing how the plot progresses at this time. It’s still great to see Marks and Favreau taking as many cues from the animated picture and Kipling’s writings as they can. Because of the modifications made in the original live-action Jungle Book, they will not be obligated to adapt any one tale. The 1967 animated picture concludes with Mowgli fleeing the forest to live with other humans, while the live-action story concludes on a more brighter note, with Mowgli finding his home in the wild.
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The Jungle Book 2 casting
We won’t know the cast of the sequel until Favreau begins work on it, but Neel Sethi should return as Mowgli… as long as he hasn’t grown up too much.
As long as their roles return, the voice cast should mainly remain the same, which includes
- Mowgli is played by Neel Sethi.
- Baloo is played by Bill Murray.
- Bagheera is played by Ben Kingsley.
- Raksha is played by Lupita Nyong’o.
- King Louie is played by Christopher Walken.
The Jungle Book 2 Release Date
Apparently, Favreau intended to start on the sequel after The Lion King, with the film set to be released in 2018.
Of course, it didn’t happen since Favreau opted to focus on finishing The Lion King rather than working on two projects concurrently. Because The Lion King will be released in theatres on July 19, Favreau may potentially begin production on The Jungle Book 2 in 2020.
However, as he explained to Collider in December 2016, the photorealistic CGI utilized in the film is a “slow process.”
” It’s not a good idea to rush things because when people react badly to visual effects, it’s usually because they’re rushed.”
So, even if he begins work on it in 2020, don’t expect to see the sequel until summer 2022 because of epidemic situation of COVID-19.
We hope The Jungle Book 2 released in summer of 2022.
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The Jungle Book 2 Production
Screenwriters Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir submitted a Jungle Book 2 screenplay in the 1990s, in which Baloo fought a poacher for his romantic interest. Disney eventually chose a different path for the sequel. Haley Joel Osment’s voice work was done in California, while John Goodman’s was recorded in New Orleans.
The character of King Louie from the original Jungle Book could not be featured in this picture due to a licensing issue. He does, however, make a non-physical appearance as a shadow puppet at the start of the film and is briefly referenced in the middle. The choice was taken to put Shere Khan in shade at the start of the film in order to “reflect his ‘wounded pride.'”
The Jungle Book 2 Songs
- “I Wan’na Be like You” by Smash Mouth
- “Jungle Rhythm” by Mowgli, Shanti, Ranjan
- “The Bare Necessities” by Baloo
- “Colonel Hathi’s March”
- “The Bare Necessities” by Baloo, Mowgli
- “W-I-L-D” by Baloo
- “Jungle Rhythm (Reprise)” by Mowgli
- “The Bear Necessities (Reprise)” by Baloo, Mowgli, Shanti
- “Right Where I Belong” by Windy Wagner
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