Are we ready for another man-cub?
On April 14th, 2016, Jon Favreau will inaugurate his membership to the reboot club with the premiere of his star-stacked cinematic remake of Disney's 1967 animated, musical comedy, THE JUNGLE BOOK.
Showcasing silver screen hard-hitters Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, and Academy Award Winner, Lupita Nyong'o, mixed with Hollywood icons Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Christopher Walken, this film boasts to deliver more than just the bare necessities.
Just like millions of Gen-Y Americans, I grew up humming Baloo's classic song about paw-paws and prickly pears (written by Terry Gilkyson) and identifying with the thematic Mowgli character representing a young person's rollercoaster transition into the throws of adolescence.
Needless to say, the announcement of the reboot triggered a shudder of apprehension for the safety of my deep-rooted nostalgia born from the film's animated predecessor, and my initial prayer to the gods of good taste implored them to look kindly upon Favreau (directing) and Justin Marks (writing), in hopes to avoid a PHANTOM MENACE level reception.
Now here we are, less than a month away from release and I'm feeling more like this project is in capable hands. Jon Favreau directed blockbusters IRON MAN and IRON MAN 2, as well as writing and directing the feel-good, family comedy/drama, CHEF. Casting Director, Sarah Finn--known for casting the last thirteen Marvel films and slated to cast the next three--is credited with this project's star-studded line-up. In addition, Oscar winning cinematographer, Bill Pope, is contributing his artistic view; Pope has been the director of photography for such projects as THE MATRIX TRILOGY, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, and SPIDER-MAN 2.
Will this tag-team of talent triumph over the hurdles of a Hollywood reboot? Tune in April 14th to find out.