by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
While it hasn’t debuted in the U.S. market yet, The Jungle Book has opened overseas to some decent box office receipts and stellar reviews. It looks like this is another feather in the cap of Disney and their live-action adaptations that include the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella in recent years.
So it comes as no surprise that The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the House Of Mouse is looking to trek back into the wild again for a Jungle Book sequel.
Word is that director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks have been asked back to steer the second chapter – because if it ain’t broke why fix it.
The studio has a wealth of material to mine stories from, as Rudyard Kipling wrote many stories in the Jungle Book series. They could be looking to do what they’ve done with the Alice In Wonderland series, which is to do original stories but work with the source material for inspiration.
I’ll have my review for The Jungle Book up later this week and I’m hoping it lives up to the high expectations that past adaptations have set. I loved Maleficent and thought Cinderella was very good.
Meanwhile the film will open in theaters in the U.S. this Friday.