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Untitled The Jungle Book sequel
Directed byJon Favreau
Produced byJon Favreau
Brigham Taylor
Screenplay byJustin Marks
Based on
  • Disney's The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
    by Rudyard Kipling
StarringNeel Sethi
Production
company
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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The untitled The Jungle Book sequel is an American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Produced by Favreau and Brigham Taylor, and written by Justin Marks, the film is a sequel to 2016's The Jungle Book, which is a based on both the 1967 film of the same name and Rudyard Kipling's eponymous works. The film will star Neel Sehti as Mowgli, reprising his role from the previous film.

Development of a sequel to The Jungle Book began in 2016, with Favreau, Taylor and Marks set to return from the previous film. The film was originally set to shoot back-to-back with Favreau's The Lion King remake, but the sequel was put on hold in order for Favreau to focus on The Lion King.

Cast[edit]

  • Neel Sethi as Mowgli, a young boy who was raised in the jungle by wolves.[1]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In April 12, 2018, it was announced that a sequel for The Jungle Book was being developed by Walt Disney Pictures following the film's early critical and financial success.[2] Director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks were in talks to return for the sequel, while producer Brigham Taylor was confirmed to be returning to produce the film.[2] Favreau and Marks were confirmed to be returning for the film in April 25, 2019.[3] In December 1, 2016, during an interview, Favreau said that "[f]or Jungle Book 2, it's all about the story, all about the script, all about the characters", and that "[the sequel has] some stuff that feels connected [to the first film]", which he said was "[b]ecause [they] want it to feel like the first film".[4] Favreau also said that he plans to shoot the sequel back-to-back with his remake of The Lion King.[4] However, in March 21 2017, it was reported that the sequel was put on hold so Favreau can focus mainly on The Lion King.[5]

Pre-production and writing[edit]

In January 11, 2018, screenwriter Justin Marks revealed that he has finished an early draft for the film. Marks also revealed that the film will "go further through" Rudyard Kipling's original book's material, as well that it will feature unusued ideas for the 1967 film by Bill Peet.[6] He also said that "maybe [he and Favreau will] reevaluate" the 2016 film's ending, which was different to Kipling's book.[6]

Casting[edit]

In October 17, 2018, Neel Sethi confirmed that he will reprise his role as Mowgli in the sequel.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hamad, Marwa (October 17, 2018). "'Jungle Book' actor Neel Sethi eyes superhero films". Gulf News. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kit, Borys (April 11, 2016). "'Jungle Book 2' in the Works With Jon Favreau, Justin Marks (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  3. Lang, Brent (April 25, 2016). "Disney Claims Dates for Several New Movies; Confirms 'Jungle Book 2,' 'Mary Poppins' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Foutch, Haleigh (December 1, 2016). "Jon Favreau Offers Updates on 'The Lion King' and 'The Jungle Book 2'". Collider.
  5. Fleming Jr, Mike (March 21, 2017). "Sean Bailey On How Disney's Live-Action Division Found Its 'Beauty And The Beast' Mojo". Deadline Hollywood. Jungle Book director [}Favreau]] has temporarily put down a sequel for that film to instead focus on a live-action musical version of The Lion King, one that will take the Jungle Book‘s photo-realistic technology further, and will fully exploit the Elton John songs from the original
  6. 6.0 6.1 Topel, Fred (June 12, 2018). "'The Jungle Book 2' Will Resurrect Unused Disney Ideas, Explore More Rudyard Kipling Stories". Slashfilm. Retrieved January 11, 2019.


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