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Favreau is re-enlisted following the success of 'The Jungle Book'.
Fairly predictably, Walt Disney Studios are bringing out a modern remake of 'The Lion King' with Jon Favreau as director. Just like 'The Jungle Book', it will feature songs from the original 1994 animated film. No further details have as yet been announced.
Jon Favreau to direct 'The Lion King'
The movie will join the likes of 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', 'The Jungle Book' and the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' among Disney's live-action/CGI reboots. 'We can officially confirm that The Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are putting a new reimagining of The Lion King on the fast track to production', the Walt Disney Company said in a statement on their website.
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The studio announced nine upcoming live-action features, based on classic tales.
Disney has confirmed a slew of exciting upcoming films, including sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as stand-alone movies based on Cruella de Vil and Tinkerbell. The announcement comes as Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book continues its reign on the top of the US box office, so far taking over $500 million worldwide.
Emma Stone will star as Cruella de Vil in a new Disney movie.
The studio did not specify release dates for any of the upcoming films, but did reveal the prime release dates they have set aside for the next three years. The dates Disney has claimed are: July 28, 2017 (instead of Dec. 22, 2017); April 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 25, 2018; and Dec. 20, 2019.
The Jon Favreau directed remake has topped the US box office in it’s opening weekend, scoring one of the biggest April openings ever
The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau has roared to the top of the US box office this weekend, taking a massive $103m. The film managed one of the biggest ever April debuts in US box office history as well as giving Disney its best opening for a live-action remake since Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 2010.
The Jungle Book has topped the US box office.
The film stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson. It's earned glowing reviews from audiences and critics, including a very impressive 94% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
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Actor-director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) grew up with Disney's 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling's stories.
Indeed, the film was originally released on his first birthday. And now he has remade it using state-of-the-art photorealistic animation so detailed that it's as if he travelled to India to shoot it. Actually, the entire movie was filmed in a downtown Los Angeles soundstage. And Favreau used the technology to augment nature for dramatic effect. "If you look at panthers in the real world, they're actually quite small," he says. "What creating the world allows us to do is exaggerate proportions and scale. We're not forced into tying into a real tiger, as they were in Life of Pi where half the shots are real and half are fake."
Instead, Favreau says his intention was to give the film "a dream like quality so you see the whole thing through a kid's eyes. If a panther is this big, make him as big as he was in the cartoon. Make him bigger, play with scale. And always keep it photo-real."
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Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable, with a few moments of suspense for the kids in the audience. Loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, it's a lively tale packed with memorable characters. But it feels relentlessly tamed for a family audience.
Stranded in the jungle as a baby, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was rescued by the panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and raised by a pair of wolves (Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito). But the presence of a human in the jungle is unacceptable to tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who was injured by a man and now wants Mowgli's blood. While fleeing to the human world, Mowgli has a fateful encounter with the seductive python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson). He's rescued by the bear Baloo (Bill Murray), with whom he has a series of adventures, including being kidnapped by a gang of monkeys led by King Louie (Christopher Walken). But Shere Khan is still searching for him, and Mowgli can't hide forever.
Filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man) keeps the story skimming along the surface, avoiding the darker themes woven into the premise. So instead of exploring the meaning of humanity or mankind's relationship with nature, the film is a breezy adventure romp with the usual action movie beats and some surprisingly nasty violence. And it looks utterly amazing, especially since the credits note that it was filmed completely in downtown Los Angeles.
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Mowgli is a human boy known as a man-cub to his peers, among which are an array of jungle beasts. Left in the jungle as a baby, he was taken in by a family of wolves who raised him as their own. However, the older he grows, the more of a threat he becomes to a formidable villain named Shere Khan; a Bengal tiger with a deep fear of fire and loathing of man. Led by an impatient black panther named Bagheera, he is sent away from his jungle home to the safety of a nearby man village, though the journey becomes less straight-forward the further they stray. Mowgli befriends a fun-loving bear named Baloo, but finds Khan is not the only jungle menace as he is set upon by a gang of monkeys led by the orangutan King Louie, and hypnotised by a vicious snake named Kaa.
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The live action remake just keeps on sounding better .
Bill Murray has become the latest addition to the already star studded voice cast of Disney's upcoming Jungle Book remake. Murray will reportedly be lending his voice to Baloo, the fun loving bear who befriends Mowgli and teaches him the ways of the jungle.
Bill Murray soon to be the voice of Baloo
Murray will be joining an already impressive cast, which just last week added Christopher Walken, who was announced as voicing King Louie. Scarlett Johansson has also signed on as the python Kaa, while Lupita Nyong'o will be heard as Raksha.
Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera. And it also has an array of deeply likeable characters, witty cameos and sparkling dialogue to keep us smiling. So who cares that nothing unexpected happens from start to finish? This is a movie we sit back and enjoy without worrying about the appearance of a plot twist.
The title character is Carl (played by writer-director Jon Favreau), the chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant that is stuck in a rut because the owner (Dustin Hoffman) refuses to change anything on the menu. When a snooty food critic (Oliver Platt) criticises Carl for his tired and predictable cuisine, Carl's reaction sparks an angry Twitter war. In a fit of anger, Carl quits his job then hatches a plan to get back to his roots while bonding with Percy (Emjay Anthony), his pre-teen son with spicy ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). So Carl and his sidekick Martin (John Leguizamo) take Percy to Miami to refurbish food truck and drive back to California, along the way building a reputation and perfecting their Latin-infused menu.
Since a complex plot would just be distracting, this film coasts on the charisma of its likeable cast, throwing in lively side roles for the likes of Scarlett Johansson as a restaurant colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a fellow chef and most memorably Robert Downey Jr. as Inez's hilariously nutty ex. Everyone is relaxed and effortlessly funny, which makes the interaction feel amusing and never remotely forced. While this is easily Favreau's most assured work as a director (that's including the first two Iron Man movies), this is also his most generous performance too. He infuses the whole film with easy-going charm.
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Sofia Vergara and Sofia Loren turn up on Tribeca red carpets, while Jennifer Aniston looks rough on-set in Los Angeles and Kelsey Grammer films a British comedy. Young musician dramas If I Stay and Begin Again both offer new trailers, as does Bryan Singer's new X-men blockbuster and Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys...
The Tribeca Film Festival is underway in New York, and stars have been turning out to promote their new movies. Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara hit the red carpet for their film Chef. Sofia Loren turned up with her filmmaker son Edoardo Ponti and other family members for the premiere of Soul Survivors. And retired boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield staged a reunion on the red carpet for the the documentary Champs. Check out the videos here Jon Favreau And Sofia Vergara Appear At The Tribeca Premiere For 'Chef', Sophia Loren Takes Her Family To The Tribeca Premiere Of Film Short 'Soul Survivors' and Mike Tyson And Evander Holyfield Pose Together At The Tribeca Premiere Of 'Champs'.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, paparazzi got more pictures of a rather rough-looking Jennifer Aniston on the set of her new movie Cake, along with costar Sam Worthington. It's about a mother who is both physically and emotionally devastated by a car crash, and gets help from an unexpected source. Take a browse through our photo gallery of Jennifer Aniston filming new movie "Cake".
Jon Favreau's 'Chef' won a major award at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday.
Jon Favreau is planning to donate his $26,000 cash prize from the Tribeca Film Festival to a New York City food rescue charity. The actor-director won the Heineken Audience Award for Best Narrative Film on Saturday (April 26, 2014), for his food truck movie Chef.
Jon Favreau [center] on the set of 'Chef'
We thought Chef would turn out to be really, really good on the strength of the excellent trailer and the critics piled in with the positive reviews.
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