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Last year, Disney really got their whole reimagining game down. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were box office hits, neither quite captured the spirit or the appeal of the original animated films. Kenneth Branagh, however, accomplished just that recently with his lovely Cinderella remake. Next at bat to reimagine another Disney classic is director Jon Favreau.

Following up his charming drama Chef, Favreau returns to big studio filmmaking with The Jungle Book. Watch a clip from the film below.

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Jon Favreau The Jungle Book concept art

The first piece of concept art from Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book revealed what the project might look like once it is done. A new batch of behind-the-scenes images show what it looks like now, while it’s still in progress.

Favreau himself shared these casual snaps, showing actors like Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson at work. See the Jungle Book behind the scenes photos after the jump.  Read More »

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Well, it looks like Disney’s going to be winning the Jungle Book race. As the Mouse House prepares to release its Jungle Book adaptation in October 2015, Warner Bros. has just set its own Jungle Book adaptation, Andy SerkisJungle Book: Origins, to open one year later in 3D. Hit the jump for more details.

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Andy Serkis is going to go from playing CG animals to directing them. The acclaimed mo-cap actor is set to helm Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tales about an orphan boy raised in the jungle.

Although Serkis has served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Jungle Book marks his feature directorial debut. Get all the details after the jump.

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Briefly: Wow, that was fast. Mere weeks after first hearing about Jon Favreau‘s live-action 3D remake of The Jungle Book, Disney has given the film a release date. It’ll open October 9, 2015, making it the first film to claim a date in that month. But that’s not all. Disney also announced the follow up to the billion dollar hit Alice in Wonderland will come out a year later. Alice in Wonderland 2, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, opens May 27, 2016. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.

Also, Ron Howard‘s sea-bound film, Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, will be released March 13, 2015. [ERC]

Gore Verbinski To Produce Futuristic Jungle Book Movie

Chernin Entertainment is close to a deal to acquire a pitch from screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Deadline is reporting that the deal is in mid to high six figures, and that Pirates/Rango helmer Gore Verbinski would produce. The yet to be titled project is being described as a futuristic Jungle Book, whatever that means. Sarama and Sharpless are probably best known for developing board game turned movie adaptations of Clue and Missile Command, as well as the announced Flash Gordon redo and Dracula Year Zero (which I’ve heard great things about). Walt Disney Pictures, who has released a bunch of Jungle Book movies, was also bidding on the property.

Note: The illustration above, by Phil Longson, has nothing to do with this project. But I thought the imagery of a boy and his giant robot to be cool.

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