In completely unrelated, yet very important news today, Disney will be remaking the classic, The Jungle Book.
One of the two upcoming remakes of Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name, “The Jungle Book” will be directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Chef”) as a live-action and animation hybrid. (The other will be directed by Andy Serkis and called “Jungle Book: Origins.”) Disney has announced that Murray will join the large cast of Favreau’s “Jungle Book” as the lovable bear who promises to raise the young orphan boy Mowgli.
The rest of the cast includes Christopher Walken as the voice the orangutan King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) as Akela, the leader of a wolf pack, Lupita Nyong’o as wolf mother Raksha, Sir Ben Kingsley as the black panther Bagheera,Scarlett Johansson as the snake Kaa and Idris Elba as the villainous tiger Shere Khan. Newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowlgi and will be the only actor in the film, while the rest of the characters will be animated.
Source: The Huffington Post
Mmmm, a live action animation hybrid of the jungle book, Jon Favreau is playing with fire there, he better not stuff this up. Many people grew up with the “I want to be like you” and “Colonel Hathi’s March”. It would be a shame if this one didn’t include those classics.
He better not forget about…”Look for the Bare Necessities, the simple bare necessities…”.