The Jungle Book is a Disney classic, and one of the many films that is such a classic, it should never, ever be remade, as it will not even come close to doing the original justice. The email that was sent out by Hollywood HQ to all directors that said “We want this remade twice as good” must have been sent before being finished, as it looks like the email they all received actually said “We want this remade twice”, as there are two versions of the Disney classic about to go head to head.
Taking an early lead in the relay race is Disney, who have managed to acquire the vocal skills of long coat wearing Idris Elba, famous as TV detective Luther, and most recently seen on the big screen as the title role in Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom. He is to provide the voice for Shere Khan, the big cat of the jungle, and has the perfect voice for the gruff, cunning and deadly killer cat.
The second contender in the relay race is Warner Bros, who are trying to lure Ron Howard into the director’s seat, with the promise of the best toupee maker in all of America at his disposal. John Favreau is set to direct the Disney version, which is to be a mixture of live action and CGI.
Who comes out on top with the best version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will be seen in good time, but the Disney version is pencilled for a US release date of the 9th of October 2015. To win the race, our tip to Warner Bros would be to have their version ready for the 8th.