Director Jon Favreau is currently in the midst of production on his live-action/CGI animated The Jungle Book, with the filmmaker recently sending out photos from the set through his various social media pages. He also took a break in his busy schedule to chat with Entertainment Weekly for their 2015 preview issue, where he clarified earlier reports that this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel is not a musical, like the original 1967 animated adaptation. However, he did reveal that Bill Murray will be singing one of the most memorable songs from the Disney classic, "The Bare Necessities'. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.
"Oh, yeah. How do you not do that? Although it's not a musical, we wanted to work in the more memorable moments from the '67 film."
It isn't known what other "memorable moments" Jon Favreau will include from the original animated movie in his adaptation, but perhaps we'll learn more as production continues. Bill Murray is just a small part of this star-studded voice cast, that also includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Lupita Nyong'o as Rachka. Neel Sethi also stars as Mowgli, the only actor who will appear in live action.
Are you excited that The Bare Necessities will still be a part of this new version of The Jungle Book? Chime in with your thoughts below. In case it's been too long since you've seen the 1967 version The Jungle Book, you can CLICK HERE to check out a clip featuring The Bare Necessities song.