For better or for worse, Hollywood is continuing on their reboot happy tirade. One of the next major reboot’s coming down the pipe will be Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s live action take on The Jungle Book. Even though this seems to be the reboot that nobody was asking for, The Jungle Book Cast is starting to look absolutely awesome.
The compelling cast will include Scarlett Johansson voicing Kaa the snake, Idris Elba voicing Shere Khan the villainous tiger, Christopher Walken voicing King Louie the ape, Lupita Nyong’o voicing Rakcha the wolf, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther and none other than Bill Murray as Baloo the bear.
As great as the cast looks, there is still some competition coming down the pipe. As mentioned, Hollywood really is going crazy with the reboot thing and just barely a year after Disney releases their version of The Jungle Book, Warner Bros will be releasing another film based on the same source material titled Jungle Book: Origins.
The Warner Bros film is going to be directed by the motion capture star of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis. It was also recently announced that the studio managed to pin down everyone’s favorite fancy named British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan in their version (KHAAAAAANNN!!!!!). All Khan jokes aside, this is a huge score for Warner Bros but it does create an interesting situation no doubt.
Disney of course will have a leg up since their film will be coming out much earlier and is a lot further along in development. According to reports on the different films, Disney’s will be a much more family friendly take on it while Serkis’s film will take a look at some of the darker elements from the source material.
Disney’s The Jungle Book is set to hit theaters October 9, 2015 and Warner Bros Jungle Book: Origins is set for release October 21, 2016.