The Jungle Book live action trailer

Disney has had a recent trend of turning their animated classics into live-action films in the last decade or so, sometimes to great success like with this years Cinderella, and sometimes not so great (Alice in Wonderland). That said, Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book, due for release in 2016, does seem like it has the potential to be one of Disney’s best animation to live-action transitions yet. Boasting an all-star cast and receiving critical-acclaim from the footage shown following this years D23 Expo, The Jungle Book live action adaptation is set to become one of the blockbusters of 2016.

The first trailer for the upcoming movie, released online on Tuesday 15th September), gave fans their first glimpses at some very familiar sequences from the original animated movie. The trailer also makes good on boasts made before it even began production, with some breathtaking visuals in the few short sequences shown. If the rest of the film is as good as the trailer, Disney are sure on to a winning formula!

Official Synopsis: Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.