The Jungle Book is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based onRudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name, The Jungle Book is a live-action/CGI film that tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threateningShere Khan. The film introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson,Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
The musical score for The Jungle Book was composed by frequent Favreau collaborator John Debney. Though Favreau decided not to make the film a musical, nevertheless, he and Debney incorporated several songs from the 1967 animated film. “The Bare Necessities”, written by Terry Gilkyson, is performed by Murray and Sethi, and a cover version by Dr. John is featured in the end credits. “I Wan’na Be Like You” and “Trust in Me”—written by the Sherman Brothers—are performed by Walken and Johansson, respectively; Richard M. Sherman wrote revised lyrics for Walken’s version of “I Wan’na Be Like You”. Johansson’s rendition of “Trust in Me” was produced by Mark Ronson and appears in the end credits only. Walt Disney Records released the film’s soundtrack on April 15, 2016.