The movie industry loves their sequels, prequels and any other word ending in -quel. It’s been well documented over time and it is a phenomenon that has been happening since the invention of cinema. We have had great sequels to beloved movies and we have had bad ones. I personally would always choose an original film to a sequel, but I can also strongly advocate the case of some great sequels to movies.
A few years back I heard of a story in which two studios were trying to adapt the Jungle Book as a live screen adaptation. This is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood. At the moment there are four different studios working on an adaption of Robin Hood. We have had two version of Snow White by two different studios and I can name a lot of other examples. Both adaption carry a hefty budget and both have a great cast. Warner Bros. choose to give the reign of their Jungle Book franchise to Andy Serkis, famous for his role as Gollum in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Caesar in ‘Rise of The Planet of the Apes‘. He is a first time director even though he was the assistant director of Peter Jackson for ‘The Hobbit‘ trilogy. The cast is composed of Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis himself. The movie will come out in 2017.
Walt Disney Pictures beat them to the punch because their movie is coming out in 2016 and they trusted Jon Favreau, the famous director of ‘Iron Man’ to helm the film. It looks like their investment paid off because the first trailer of the movie is online and it looks breathtaking. The whole movie is created through motion capture and the jungle is made digitally. Only the character of Mogwli is a live action performance by Neel Sethi. The cast is again impressive with the voices of Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken.
We will have to wait 2016 to discover the final product but the trailer is already an impressive achievement: