Director Jon Favreau’s upcoming live action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book doesn’t actually open until this week, but Disney is already keen to get a sequel into development.
Deadline reports the studio is in negotiations to lure back director-producer Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks for a potential sequel to the adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of a boy raised by wolves. The film stars young actor Neel Sethi as the boy Mowgli, along with an all-star voice talent roster featuring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and Garry Shandling.
So, why is Disney so motivated to get a sequel off the ground? Because the first film is, apparently, really good. Jungle Book is sitting at a mind-boggling 100 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and is already putting up an impressive box office haul internationally. The U.S. numbers should also be outstanding, considering the only other blockbuster at the cineplex (Batman v Superman) isn’t exactly showing a ton of week-to-week staying power.
According to a feature in Wired, part of the reason Jungle Book is proving to be such a hit is the technology the director has employed to bring the classic story book to life. Favreau repurposed tech pioneered for Avatar and Gravity, then pushed it even further to make these animals so astonishingly believable. From motion capture, to virtual sets, Favreau pulled out all the stop for this one.
Jungle Book hits the big screen this weekend, and if all goes as planned, the sequel could open a few years later.