The Jungle Book: ‘Intro to Shere Khan’ – New Clip

Bare Necessary?

Preempting the release, or rather re-release of childhood classic The Jungle Book as a live action / CGI family adventure movie, Disney have leaked their latest clip, ‘Intro to Shere Khan’ onto the internet. The New film boasts a genuinely impressive all-star cast featuring; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris ‘Clearly The Next Bond’ Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Bill Murray voicing Baloo, and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera. All sounding pretty exciting so far, right? Johansson I think is a fantastic choice replacement for the traditionally male role of Kaa, Bill Murray is Bill Murray, and Ben Kingsley as everyone’s most loved crotchety yet cuddly melanistic leopard? I think so. The Jungle Book has even managed to host Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch, GoT) in supporting roles. Okay, so far so good.
The new clip itself, featured below, shows Elba as Khan at his snarliest, growliest best as he stalks the watering hole, menacing the Wolf Pack and their adopted young Man-cub. Needless to say the CGI looks flawless and naturally has more or less every carbon based life-form online gushing over it’s technical prowess, which is fine. The budget is there, the right cast are involved, and it looks interesting, but will it still have the magic of the original that we all know and love? 

Ostensibly moving into more Jumanji territory this time around (terrifying to small children, but still technically a family film) the new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic tells exactly the same story as the old one, only this time with Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1, 2 & 3) directing it and presumably no longer a musical, which is frankly just a bit of a shame. Personally, I will always rate the classic 1967 release; I like singing along with Louis Prima and Phil Harris, I love the cartoonish innocence throughout, and I like the fact that I never saw the 1994 Stephen Sommers (the man responsible for The Mummy films and Van Helsing) version with Jason Scott Lee and Sam Neill in. Thank the Gods. Naturally I’m always dubious when someone wants to breath new life into something so etched into my memory.
So, do the clips make the film look gripping and action packed? Undoubtedly. Am I itching to see all of the above actors involved in one big nostalgia filled pet project? Definitely.  Am I convinced that re-making The Jungle Book at all is a totally necessary idea beyond making insane amounts of money? Not really, not yet. Will I still go and see it? Almost definitely, because… well, just because I suppose. I’ll be hoping for the best. In UK cinemas April 15th.

Check out the new clip and original trailer baloo…


let us know what you think!

– Max



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