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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book
  • 2016
  • US
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

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The Jungle Book rules at the box office

18 Apr 2016

Film gossip

'The Jungle Book' has opened in first place at the US box office, drawing $103.6 million in its first weekend. Disney's new movie which retells Rudyard Kipling's famous story of a boy who is stranded in the jungle and rescued and raised by wolves…

Jon Favreau's movie fears

16 Apr 2016

Film gossip

Jon Favreau has sleepless nights when his films are about to be released. The 'Jungle Book' filmmaker is always worried about sharing his creations with the world and all he wants is for people to enjoy his work. He said: "The sleepless nights…

Brigham Taylor wants Jennifer Lawrence for Jungle Book sequel

14 Apr 2016

Film gossip

Brigham Taylor wants Jennifer Lawrence to star in the 'Jungle Book' sequel. The movie's producer - who is renowned for his work in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' - has admitted there were so many aspects of Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' novels that…

The Jungle Book

11 Apr 20164 stars

Terrific retelling of Kipling’s tales from director Jon Favreau, with an all-star voice cast

With his jaw-dropping version of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved anthology The Jungle Book, which tells the story of young, abandoned orphan Mowgli who has been raised by wolves, director Jon Favreau has achieved the near impossible, managing to stay true to…

Bill Murray joins Jungle Book

4 Aug 2014

Film gossip

Bill Murray will voice Baloo the bear in 'The Jungle Book'. The 'Groundhog Day' actor has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's forthcoming live-action/CGI blend of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale alongside a star-studded voice cast which also includes…

Christopher Walken joins The Jungle Book

29 Jul 2014

Film gossip

Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito have joined 'The Jungle Book.' The 71-year-old actor and the 'Breaking Bad' star, 56, will lend their voices to the Computer-generated imagery (CGI) representation of animals in the new live-action version of…

Jon Favreau finds Mowgli for Jungle Book

16 Jul 2014

Film gossip

John Favreau's 'Jungle Book' has found its Mowgli. The 47-year-old actor-director has chosen 10-year-old Neel Sethi to take on the role of Mowgli in his upcoming live-action and animation reboot of the Disney classic. In a statement, Favreau…

Ben Kingsley to voice The Jungle Book's Bagheera

26 Jun 2014

Film gossip

Sir Ben Kingsley will voice Bagheera in 'The Jungle Book'. The actor is set to join the cast of Disney's new live-action version of their classic 1967 animation, playing the wise black panther who watches over orphan boy Mowgli. Based on Rudyard…

Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson for The Jungle Book?

24 Apr 2014

Film gossip

Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'. The stunning actresses are both in negotiations to join Idris Elba in Disney's latest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic children's book, which will be directed by…

Idris Elba to voice tiger in Jungle Book remake

7 Mar 2014

Film gossip

Idris Elba will voice tiger Shere Khan in a remake of 'The Jungle Book'. The 41-year-old actor, who recently played the late Nelson Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', has signed up to Disney's live-action take of the classic children's…

Jon Favreau in talks for Jungle Book film

7 Nov 2013

Film gossip

Jon Favreau is in talks to direct the new live-action version of 'The Jungle Book'. The 'Iron Man' director is in talks with Walt Disney to take on the job for the upcoming film based on the classic children's stories by Rudyard Kipling. It tells…

Disney to produce live action Jungle Book

10 Jul 2013

Film gossip

Disney is developing a live action adaptation of 'The Jungle Book'. The family-friendly movie studio has hired screenwriter Justin Marks - who penned the studio's upcoming reboot of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' - to write the script for the film…

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