Disney has been on a long trend of turning their animated classics into live-action films the past few years, sometimes to great success like with this year’s Cinderella, and sometimes not (see Alice in Wonderland). However, Jon Favreau’s 2016 live-action version of The Jungle Book seems like it has the possibility to be Disney’s best retelling yet. With a stellar all-star cast and the critical-acclaim that the footage received following this year’s D23 Expo too, it looks like the studio may have found their golden ticket.
The first trailer for the movie was released online earlier today, and gives fans their first look at the new movie. The trailer features glimpses at some familiar sequences from the original that fans may recognize, as well as scenes showing off some of the breathtaking visuals that the movie has been boasting about since before it even began production.
Check it out below:
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:
“Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.”
Fans of the original film may not be initially receptive towards the somewhat dark tone featured throughout, but the end tag featuring Bill Murray’s Baloo whistling the classic “Bare Necessities” song should be enough to win over any skeptic. The use of Kaa’s (Scarlett Johansson) hypnotism and sultry voice throughout the trailer worked incredibly well too, and while the character in the original film was still enough to scare little kids, it looks like the new version might be enough to have even adults on the edge of their seats.
The trailer alone features glimpses at some amazing set pieces, and the only thing I really hope is that the movie ends up being more than just a grand adventure film. What made the original so beloved was that while it featured Mowgli and his allies making their way through all different types of jungle landscape and going through crazy adventures, it was always about Mowgli and his relationships to people and the animals around him. All I hope is that the live-action version is able to hold onto that sentiment as well.
The Jungle Book is set to be released on April 15th, 2016.
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