Walt Disney have announced a host of films – including a sequel to The Jungle Book.
With a $533 million worldwide haul already in the bank – off a budget of $175 million – and the movie garnering positive reviews, news of a sequel is hardly a surprise, as is the news that Jon Favreau is returning to helm the follow-up. The director previously admitted that he had held discussions, and it appears that those talks were successful.
Some industry insiders are already predicting that the sequel, which work may have already started on, is being lined up for late 2018 release…putting it in direct competition with Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book – its own interpretation of the classic tale, directed by Andy Serkis.
In other news, Maleficent 2 has been made official with Angelina Jolie returning, as has Cruella, a new take on 101 Dalmations villain Cruella De Vil with Emma Stone in the lead role.
The proposed Mary Poppins sequel now has a star, with Emily Blunt taking on the iconic role. Dwayne Johnson has added yet another film to his already-busy schedule with Jungle Cruise, while Tim Burton’s previously-rumoured take on Dumbo has also been confirmed.
Disney have also claimed five new dates for releases, with 28 July 2017, 6 April 2018, 3 August 2018, 25 December 2018 and 20 December 2019 added to the existing scheduled releases on 2 November 2018 and 8 November 2019. Those schedules mean that Disney have four movies set for release in 2018, and that doesn’t include offerings from the profitable Marvel and Star Wars franchises.