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[–]girlsgoneoscarwilde 89 points90 points  (11 children)

I read the book as a kid - there is certainly more story to explore, specifically how Mowgli adjusts to life in the village & how he still feels the jungle calling to him. I liked the book back then, so I'm down to see Favreau continue this story.

[–]respectthegoat 44 points45 points  (2 children)

In the books Mowgli doesn't stay in the village all that long. He basically gets blamed for being a witch after he calls out the village priest and main hunter for being full of shit. They try to kill him and his adoptive parents so Mowgli gets his animal friends to destroy the entire place.

[–]girlsgoneoscarwilde 21 points22 points  (0 children)

And Shere Khan survives his first encounter with Mowgli as a child to fight him again...

[–]emiddyy 14 points15 points  (6 children)

Isn’t Disney’s version pretty different from the book though? I remember hearing Serkis’ version is going to be closer to the book

[–]respectthegoat 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Yeah they kept the characters and some events but changed alot of stuff. The movies swapped Baloo and Bagerra's personalities, In the book Baloo is a stern and serious teacher while Bagerra is a cool laid back hunter. The movies also made Kaa the snake a secondary villain while in the books he is Mowgli's 2nd best friend after Bagerra.

The only thing I liked that the movies added was King Louie, In the books the monkeys are just sort of a chaotic force of nature. I think Baloo says at one point that they would be the most powerful people of the jungle if they weren't so stupid.

[–]obrysii 2 points3 points  (1 child)

IIRC too, in the books, Bagerra was the strongest, most feared, hunter of the jungle - more than Shere Khan in terms of raw power. If Bagerra wanted you dead, you were dead. But he respected the Law of the Jungle, whereas the maimed tiger did not.

Kaa was also an immensely powerful force, among the oldest of the Jungle, and certainly one of the wisest.

[–]respectthegoat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah Shere Khan was pretty much just an old angry cripple that only fallowed the law when it suited him.

[–]jjlegospidey[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Part of Kaa being evil was from reusing footage of Sir Hiss in Robin Hood.

[–]ChrisCinema 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's the other around. Sir Hiss was recycled from Kaa.

[–]girlsgoneoscarwilde 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It has the same broad story strokes of the first third of the book, as did the original cartoon version.

[–]juliusaurus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He doesn't even go to the village in the first live action movie. So I'm sure that'll be something they'll explore for this sequel.

[–]zsquinten 145 points146 points  (10 children)

It's crazy that Disney's Jungle Book sequel is going into production before Andy Serkis' even... what? I read something a few months ago about it. It's still supposed to be getting made I think.

[–]salmalight 75 points76 points  (0 children)

It's been filmed in mocap. Voices done and everything, they're just doing the rest

[–]dcaoilte 41 points42 points  (0 children)

My brother works for Framestore who are doing some of the post visual fx for Serkis’ version, it is back in production.

[–]ClarkZuckerberg 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It’s releasing this fall. They had to separate them far enough away from Disney’s.

[–]diddykongisapokemon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Serkis' is due to release in October. It's just had an absurd post production, so long in fact that Serkis' actually made his official directorial debate after finishing principal photography.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (2 children)

So Rikki Tikki Tavi when?

[–]BlackRobedMage 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That was my first thought. I loved the cartoon as a kid.

[–]DuplexFields 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"A wolf-boy, a young spy, and a curiously friendly mongoose come together to face an ancient mystic threat to British India. This Thanksgiving, witness the magical friendship of Mowgli, Kim, and Rikki Tikki Tavi, in, 'The Great Game: Mystery of the Lost Temple'!"

[–]ComradeSomo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Jungle Book 2: Wrath of the Awakened Saxon

[–]TickleTh1sElmo 40 points41 points  (4 children)

The 2016 version is the best version of The Jungle Book in my opinion. It was absolutely wonderful.

[–]BigSnoke 11 points12 points  (0 children)

BOOOOOOO

[–]unknown_mechanism 1 point2 points  (0 children)

With due respect, I personally feel the Shonen Mowgli Jungle Book was the best, at least in my country. Too many of my gen grew up with it and it still has a cult following here.

[–]Keenus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have a hunch they might skip "The White Man's Burden."

[–]Tebeku 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The tonal shift in Kipling's book when Baloo bought his first airplane was revolutionary to the world of litterature and I can't wait to see it come to life on the big screen.

[–]veggie_sorry 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I get this reference.

[–]Hemorrhoid_Donut 8 points9 points  (1 child)

They should explore The White Man's Burden.

[–]Ledmonkey96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Song of the South? Zip a dee doo dah zip a dee day

[–]Jones6192 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm excited. Favs' remake was an unexpectedly wonderful adventure film in its own right. I never really cared much for the old animated film, but this version was really solid. I want more.

[–]eamonn33 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The Jungle Book II: Journey to the Bottom of the Barrel

[–]thatindianredditor 3 points4 points  (0 children)

“Explore More Rudyard Kipling Stories”

Suuuure. Because the first one was such a great representation of the source material.

[–]tomservo88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can we still have a vulture voiced by Phil Collins?

[–]Neknoh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bring on Riki Tiki Tavi!

[–]ScrewThisImGoingTo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That seems pretty cool.

[–]JasonRedux -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Jungle Book 2: This Time it's Porno