[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f there’s one thing that being a hack for this legendary website has taught me, it’s that Hollywood loves a remake. For some it was all getting rather tedious, then Disney goes and gets everyone excited by announcing plans for yet another re-telling of The Jungle Book.
The idea is for a live-action version, so surely the notion of a bear becoming best friends with a young orphan boy is flung well and truly from the treetops – or is it? With CGI and the like at the disposal of the modern-day film studio, it’s anyone’s guess; but the potential is there. After all, if the 1942 black-and-white version can make a talking cobra look convincing, surely anything is possible.
But if Disney thought the legacy of a cast of all-singing, all-dancing cartoon animals meant that they could have it all their own way, they were sadly mistaken. The beauty of The Jungle Book is that no-one owns the rights to the story, so we have a little bit of an arms race on our hands. One of Disney’s fiercest rivals, Warner Brothers, has already started work on its own version, while in Bollywood, DQ Entertainment has done likewise. Even a musical version debuted on stage this year!
On top of this, without even the barest of necessities finalised as yet, Uncle Walt’s corner are already coming in for a bit of a roasting from movie-goers. Perhaps they are looking to make amends for the 1994 Jason Scott-Lee vehicle, but this will be their third attempt at bringing the Kipling classic to life. The hiring of Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) to pen the script has done little to appease fans either.
Still, whenever Disney and The Jungle Book are mentioned in the same breath, you can almost feel the sense of anticipation. For now, we shall have to wait and see who will be crowned king of the swingers.