The first trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book” has been released and it’s something you have never seen before.
Disney’s 1967 animated classic “The Jungle Book” has been adored by both children and adults for its captivating soundtrack and anthropormophic animal characters. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Jon Favreau’s take on the film feels much less Disney, much more James Cameron — with a healthy dose of Rudyard Kipling mixed in for good measure.” This is due to the use of the motion-capture techniques by the “Iron Man” director in the majority of the movie – a technique achieved by Cameron in his film “Avatar.”
The only live-action part in Favreau’s version is Mowgli, the character played by Neel Sethi. The film also uses the voices of Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), and Christoper Walken (King Louie).
During D23 Expo, Favreau said that the technical advancements are necessary in the movie to give it something new. He said “finding the balance between the iconic, mythic power of the Kipling and all of the images I loved growing up with from the animated feature, it was how do you combine those things?” according to Wired.
Disney’s The Jungle Book is set for release in April 2016.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book, “Jungle Book: Origins,” will be released on Oct 21, 2016. Cinema Blend wrote that “Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to Warner Bros’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book” for the role of man-eating tiger Shere Khan. Other voice talents include Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.
Who will win the battle of the Shere Khans? It’s a duel between Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the moviegoers will be the one to decide!