Disney ‘already working on Jungle Book 2’

Idris Elba and Shere Khan
Idris Elba with Shere Khan, whom he voices in Disney’s new The Jungle Book

Disney are already working on a sequel to The Jungle Book, reports claim.

Director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks are set to return in the same roles for The Jungle Book 2, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The news came before the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic short stories had even been released, with the movie being rolled out in theaters across the US on Friday (April 14).

The current film stars Neel Sethi as mancub Mowgli who finds himself being adopted by a wolf pack in the jungle where he makes friends (and some enemies) with a whole host of animals.

It comes 49 years after Disney’s first 2D animated version of the film, which became an instant classic with songs like The Bare Necessities.

The new version of the movie, which was shot entirely using green-rooms in LA, features an all-star voice cast behind the animals including Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, and Idris Elba as Shere Khan.

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