Days ahead of its Jungle Book premiere, Disney has announced it's doing a sequel. The Hollywood Reporter says director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, Chef) is in negotiations to return, as is screenwriter Justin Marks, who's in sequel territory already with Top Gun 2.
Author Rudyard Kipling "wrote many a Mowgli tale and Disney plans to dig deep into the source material," THR writes. The Jungle Book opened in several international markets over the weekend and made $28.9 million. Its $7.6 million haul in India was "the second highest ever industry opening for a Western release, behind only Furious 7," according to Box Office Mojo. Advance reviews are extremely positive.
We'll be waiting to see who The Jungle Book 2 can lure back from the first one's ultra-starry voice-acting department, which includes Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha and Christopher Walken as King Louie.
A couple weeks ago, word hit that Disney's revved-way-the-hell-up live-action department was also making a Snow White tie-in called Rose Red.