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Disney, Jon Favreau developing Jungle Book sequel

Negotiations happening ahead of film's release

The Jungle Book hasn't been released in theaters yet, but Disney is already developing a sequel with director Jon Favreau rumored to be returning.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Favreau and Justin Marks, who penned the film, are in negotiations with Disney to adapt another of Rudyard Kipling's stories about the child raised by a pack of wolves in the jungle. Favreau and Marks can pull from a lengthy list of stories about the character, Mowgli, from the author, who published another collection of stories in 1885 titled The Second Jungle Book.

Favreau's film, which blends live-action acting with state-of-the-art CGI, has already garnered quite a bit of praise from critics. As of right now, Favreau doesn't have any projects lined up that he's set to direct, allowing him to give his full attention to the sequel. It's unconfirmed whether certain members of the voice acting cast — which include Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley and Scarlet Johansson — would return.

Although there's no release window for the sequel, Warner Bros.' does have its own live-action Jungle Book adaptation in the works. It was originally supposed to be released next October, but the studio decided to push the film, titled Jungle Book: Origins, back to Oct. 19, 2018. The film, which also stars an A-list cast, is being directed by Andy Serkis.

The Jungle Book rolls into theaters April 15.

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