The Jungle Book 2016
The Jungle Book is an upcoming hollywood fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a live-action/CGI reimagining of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name. The film stars and introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken. The film is scheduled to be released in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats on April 15, 2016.
Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a human boy raised by the Indian wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) ever since his baby form was brought to them by Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley). When the fearsome Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens his life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Guided by Bagheera and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), he sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the man-hunting Shere Khan. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who do not exactly have his best interests at heart including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) the python and the smooth-talking Bornean orangutan-resembling Gigantopithecus King Louie (Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly “red flower”.
Walt Disney Pictures announced that a live-action remake of The Jungle Book was in development on July 9, 2013, with Justin Marks set to write the script. Jon Favreau was later confirmed as director on November 5, 2013. Favreau was encouraged by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn to take advantage of the film’s setting and story as an opportunity to utilize the latest advancements in photorealistic rendering, computer-generated imagery and motion capture technologies.
The musical score for The Jungle Book was composed by frequent Favreau collaborator John Debney. Richard M. Sherman, who wrote songs for the 1967 film alongside his late brother Robert B. Sherman, also returned to write new songs for the film. “The Bare Necessities”, originally written by Terry Gilkyson, will be included and sung by Murray. “Trust in Me” is sung by Johansson’s character in the film’s teaser trailer.
A soundtrack album is scheduled to be released on April 15, 2016 by Walt Disney Records.
On January 13, 2015, the film’s release date was postponed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures from October 9, 2015 to April 15, 2016. The film is scheduled to be released in the Dolby Vision format in Dolby Cinema in the United States. It is scheduled to be released in India on April 8, a week ahead of its U.S. debut. With the Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi dubbed versions releasing as well.
Neel Sethi as Mowgli
Ritesh Rajan as Mowgli’s father
Bill Murray as Baloo
Ben Kingsley as Bagheera
Idris Elba as Shere Khan
Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha
Scarlett Johansson as Kaa
Christopher Walken as King Louie
Giancarlo Esposito as Akela
Emjay Anthony as Grey Brother