Disney has put a sequel to “The Jungle Book” into development, ahead of the film’s U.S. premiere on Friday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is in talks with director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks to return.
A CG/live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1967 animated classic, the film boasts an all-star voice cast that includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Bill Murray as Baloo. The fantasy adventure is expected to dominate the North American box office this weekend.
Author Rudyard Kipling followed his 1894 short-story collection with a sequel, “The Second Jungle Book,” which included five more tales about the man-cub Mowgli (one is actually set before his fight with Shere Khan). Disney also produced a sequel to its animated classic in 2003 called “The Jungle Book 2.”
In addition to the United States, “The Jungle Book” will open this weekend in China, Brazil, France and Mexico.
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