Back in 2008, director Jon Favreau kicked off the first movie in what would become the Marvel cinematic universe with Iron Man. It was the first film to reveal to audiences that Marvel Studios was intending to assemble The Avengers on the big screen for the first time ever, and the rest is history.
It was Jon Favreau’s direction of Iron Man that really got audiences interested in a more obscure superhero and started to drum up even more interest in the forthcoming roster of Marvel superheroes. Favreau would go on to direct the less than stellar Iron Man 2, and he also executive produced Iron Man 3 (in which he also appeared as Happy Hogan) and both of The Avengers movies. Now he’s slated to executive produce both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War. But will Marvel ever get him behind the camera for another comic book flick again? It sounds like there’s a good chance we’ll see a Jon Favreau Marvel movie sometime in the future. Read More »
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Yesterday, I wrote about a behind-the-scenes video that showcased just how much of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book was created in post-production and I was just bowled over by it. It’s one thing to hear that a movie is set entirely in digital environments (because computers can do anything and so on), but it’s another thing to actually see the before and after (because computers can do anything and holy cow).
Disney has released a new series of stills showing the transformation of a few shots in the film, revealing how a lone kid standing in front of blue screens was transformed into a lone kid standing in a lush and photo-realistic Indian jungle by the visual effects geniuses at MPC.
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Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When you’re actually sitting in a theater and watching The Jungle Book, you don’t realize that there were no exteriors shot for the entire film and that every frame was filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. Even though the supporting cast of talking animals were obviously created in a computer, the world on display in Jon Favreau‘s film feels so real and so detailed that it’s often hard to believe that almost every element on the screen was generated by a large team of geniuses after the fact. No matter your opinion the film as a whole (I agree with our own Angie Han that it is very good), the visual effects are truly next generation stuff. This is the new high bar everyone is going to chase for a few years.
And now, a new featurette has arrived to offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what it was like to shoot a movie this technologically complex.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Before Jon Favreau was making money hand over fist for Disney with The Jungle Book, he was making money hand over fist for Disney with Iron Man, which of course went on to launch an entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. And although Favreau stopped directing Marvel movies after Iron Man 2, he continued to play a role in shaping the franchise as an executive producer on Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In fact, this summer’s Captain America: Civil War marks the first time Favreau won’t be credited on a Marvel film prominently featuring Iron Man. But that doesn’t mean he’s done with the MCU. The filmmaker has just announced he’ll be back as executive producer on Avengers: Infinity War, due out in two parts in 2018 and 2019. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?
Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether. Read More »
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The Jungle Book is arguably director Jon Favreau‘s most ambitious film to date. The filmmaker behind Iron Man and Chef reimagines the 1967 Disney animated classic on a grand scale. 98% of The Jungle Book is CGI, and bringing those environments to life, over a two-year process, was quite an undertaking for Favreau and all involved.
With the film, which was actually influenced by the likes of Goodfellas and classic westerns, Favreau tells a surprisingly intimate comig-of-age tale on a massive canvas. To learn how the director and his team came together to retell author Rudyard Kipling‘s story, read our Jon Favreau interview below.
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Back in 2008, Iron Man, for some, was a surprising hit. Marvel’s first film not only exceeded box office predictions, but it also surpassed fans and general audiences’ expectations. If the comic book movie didn’t do as well as it did, then Marvel’s plans, most likely, would’ve been squashed.
Besides helping to set up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Jon Favreau accomplished more than just that with his film. Below, Marvel president Kevin Feige reflects on Iron Man and how it influenced the rest of the MCU.
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Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seems like every week we hear of yet another live-action remake of an animated fairy tale in the works at Disney, and there’s a good reason for that: these movies are doing really, really well for the studio. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella have all been giant smash hits. And The Jungle Book is already off to a strong start overseas, ahead of its domestic debut this weekend.
And, well, you can guess what that means. Disney is reportedly getting the ball rolling on a Jungle Book sequel, days before the film even opens in the U.S. The studio is looking to bring back director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks, because why fix what isn’t broken? Read More »
The Jungle Book‘s voice cast is stacked with talent. Sir Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and more help bring director Jon Favreau‘s (Chef) ambitious, CG-heavy reimagining of the Disney animated classic to life. To learn how they did it, check out the recent The Jungle Book featurette below.
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