Disney’s classic animated film The Jungle Book is being re-made into a live action 3D adventure fantasy film.
Directed by Jon Favreau, the film’s only human star is ten-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi playing Mowgli. He is joined by a star-studded list of voices, including Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louis, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and our very own Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha.
Watch the first trailer below:
The trailer is dark, action packed and shows just a small hint of any music which is tonally different from the original movie that was a lighthearted musical with lots of humor. Director, Jon Favreau addressed this saying, “People expect action from this adventure. The original film felt so young. And the musical memories we have from that film don’t fit tonally with a film that’s photo-real, where there’s real danger and emotional stakes. Navigating those waters is one of my toughest jobs as the director.”
The video also shows very heavy, realistic CGI; basically everything aside from Mowgli is computer generated but it all looks stunning to me. We only hear the voice of Kaa (Scarlett Johannson) but it’s still pretty awesome. The whistle at the end, of a song from the original movie “Bear necessities” is very exciting because it means there will be some of the iconic songs many people are familiar with.
Ohh did I mention Lupita is in this? Yes! This movie is Lupita Nyong’o’s 3rd Disney project, the others being Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Ugandan chess biopic Queen of Katwe. Maybe we will hear her voice in the next trailer, I sure hope we do.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland making $1 billion kinda started the “remaking animated films into live action movies” trend and personally I don’t mind it. I really enjoyed the Cinderella, but not so much Maleficent, I’ve always loved the Jungle Book and after seeing this, Disney did not disappoint….yet!
In closing, I’m looking forward to this movie!
Fun fact: The names of all the animals in The Jungle Book are just the Hindi names of all the animals. For example, Baloo means bear, Sher means tiger, Bandar means monkey and so on.