Disney’s The Jungle Book comes out Friday and already has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The studio confirmed today that it is in negotiations to reunite the team behind the live-action/CGI pic for a sequel. Director-producer Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks would reprise their roles along with producer Brigham Taylor. The film retells Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves and forced to leave the jungle amid threats by the feared tiger Shere Khan. Newcomer Neel Sethi plays the human boy alongside an A-list cast of voice talent including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken and the late Garry Shandling.
FilmRise has acquired U.S distribution rights to White Girl, Elizabeth Wood’s semi-autobiographical tale of youthful abandon that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Presenting an incendiary portrait of drug- and sex-fueled youth in New York City, the film confronts issues of racial privilege and gender inequality. Executive produced by Christine Vachon of Killer Films, the film will hit theaters in late summer/early fall, FilmRise said. Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc, Justin Bartha and Chris Noth star in the first narrative feature from writer-director Elizabeth Woo. The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP Acquisitions Max Einhorn and James Andrew Felts of Concourse Media.