In advance of the release of The Jungle Book, Disney claimed that they were working on a sequel.
Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the legendary Disney animated picture, based on Rudyard Kipling’s story of the same name, received excellent reviews and raked in $966.6 million at the box office.
The Jungle Book 2 is unlikely to be a faithful replica of the animated feature, so what can we look forward to in the sequel?
The Jungle Book 2 Release Date
Previously, when they revealed the film, it was intended to premiere with The Lion King in 2019. However, that won’t occur, and the film was delayed to 2022 without a release date.
Let’s wait and notice if the movie will be released in 2022 and when the official premiere date will be announced. This section will be updated once the official release date for The Jungle Book 2 is revealed.
The Jungle Book 2 Plot
There are few instances where the first one establishes or teases a sequel. Still, when it refers to literary adaptations, you have a very good structure for generating ideas for extending storylines on celluloid.
I believe that Kipling’s short tales have an abundance of literary riches that I would love to see adapted for the big screen, yet ‘The Jungle Book’ never progresses beyond Kipling’s Second Jungle Book for financial or other reasons that I cannot grasp.
Even so, both Favreau and Justin Marks, the attempting to return writer, have mentioned that they have dug deep into many of Kipling’s other stories, as well as the unutilized thoughts from Bill Peet’s initial draughts for Disney’s first adaptation of the content, and the 1967 animated masterpiece of the same title, due to them being deemed too dark and inappropriate for the school community, which is exactly how Walt Disney envisaged the film.
Of course, Peet’s idea was similar to and closer to Kipling’s original short tales’ “drama, dark, and menacing tone of Kipling’s book, which is about the fights between man and animals,” but some changes were made to simplify the plot.
Marks had this to say regarding his and Favreau’s sequel plans for the same unused material. “In the second film, the goal is to go further into the Kipling stories while also including some of the Disney materials from the 1967 picture that may have been overlooked in the first.”
Besides the entire all-star cast, a few aspects that the second film should make a comeback are Mowgli’s troubles with his identity as a man of the forest or a human neighborhood, something that can ideally cross into the much more productive young adult group, his interactions with Baloo, other jungle creatures and legends, and his development from the earlier films with the wolf pa.
A time change would also sound right since the actor playing Neel Sethi would have matured considerably by that point. Similar to the Andy Serkis-directed ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,’ the sequel might also have Mowgli traveling into the man town and studying their customs and spending quality time with humans, which is when he is confronted with an existing paradigm, as a contrast to the first picture.
Additionally, since we’re on the subject, I strongly hope that Favreau and Marks can discuss how human actions have significantly contributed to the loss of habitats for forest-living creatures.
If anything, now appears to be the ideal moment for it. Apart from that, nothing is known about the prequel, so keep an eye on this area for any new information.
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The Jungle Book 2 Cast
The Jungle Boon 2 expected cast is as follows:
- Bill Murray will act as Baloo
- Idris Elba being Shere Khan
- Lupita Nyong’o will act as Raksha
- Ben Kingsley will perform as Bagheera
- Scarlett Johansson in the role of Kaa
The Jungle Book 2 Trailer
No, there is no trailer for The Jungle Book 2. But you can stream the 2016 film’s prequel official trailer here:
Where To Watch The Jungle Book?
You can watch The Jungle Book on Disney+, Vudu, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video.