Word 'round the campfire is that Disney knows it has a giant-ass hit on its hands with The Jungle Book. The trailer played like gangbusters, early word from critics has been through the roof (it's sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing), and with Zootopia's stranglehold on the box office (it's up to, holy shit, $850m worldwide) nearing the end of its run, there's every reason to believe that Jon Favreau's family-friendly film will wreck shop when it arrives on April 15th.
How confident is the Mouse House? Well:
Days before the studio opens its live-action take on The Jungle Book, the company is already putting together the pieces for a sequel.
Jon Favreau and Justin Marks, who respectively directed and wrote the movie, are in negotiations to return in their roles for a follow-up. Favreau will also produce.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, there's plenty of source material for Favreau and Marks to draw from: Rudyard Kipling wrote a bunch of Mowgli stories, any of which might serve as fodder for a follow-up. Or, who knows, maybe they'll do their own thing with it. Maybe 2 Jungle 2 Book will just be an adaptation of the photo at the top of this article. I'd pay to watch that.
Hm. I wonder how Andy Serkis is taking all of this.