Disney seems to be ready to dig deeper through their film archives to produce current versions of their classic animated films. After the recent success of Cinderella (finally got down to watching it and loved how it stuck with the original animated movie) and Maleficent, another animated classic is swinging its way into theaters next year.
The Jungle Book explores the adventures of Mowgli in the jungles of India. It is a CGI remake of the 1967 animated classic and this adaptation is supplemented by live-action of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 book of the same title. The cast includes Scarlett Johansson as the Indian Python, Kaa, Idris Elba as the Bengal Tiger, Shere Khan, Bill Murray as the fan favorite bear, Baloo, and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, the black panther.
With this film and the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast scheduled for 2017 starring an all-star cast led by Emma Watson and Alice Through the Looking Glass scheduled for May 2016, it can be assured that there will be more live action updates coming in coming years. Disney could bring fans new, young, and old to the theaters with their updated live action classics.
The Jungle Book is scheduled to be released on April 15, 2016.