You didn’t really think Disney wouldn’t make a sequel to The Jungle Book did you? After earning over $500 million in two weeks, a follow-up to Jon Favreau’s blockbuster has been scheduled, as have four other projects.
Today, the Mouse House grabbed five release dates: July 28, 2017; April 6, 2018; August 3, 2018; December 25, 2018; and December 20, 2019. The studio also has untitled live-action fairy tales scheduled for November 2, 2018 and November 8. 2019.
Sources for The Hollywood Reporter say one of those dates will be The Jungle Book 2. The first film, based on Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories, and inspired by the 1966 animated film of the same name, has now won the box office for two consecutive weeks in North America. It is up to $533 million worldwide.
Plans for a Jungle Book 2 from Disney must really grind Warner Bros.‘ gears. The studio already delayed Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book movie to October 2018 so it wouldn’t have to compete with the Disney version. Now, Warner has to worry about Favreau’s sequel.
Other films expected to take the release dates are:
- Cruella – starring Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil before the events in 101 Dalmatians
- A Wrinkle In Time – Ava DuVernay’s film version of the Madeleine L’Engle novel
- Jungle Cruise – Dwayne Johnson stars in a film version of the Disneyland ride
- Dumbo – directed by Tim Burton
- Mary Poppins sequel – starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Rob Marshall directing
- Maleficent 2 – Angelina Jolie returns to play the Sleeping Beauty heroic villain
- Tinker Bell – starring Reese Witherspoon
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – directed by Lasse Hallstrom