Disney’s live-action hit The Jungle Book is heading to homes, the studio announced Wednesday, setting an Aug. 23 release on digital HD and a Blu-Ray release Aug. 30.
Director Jon Favreau created a computer-animated jungle world in his version of Rudyard Kipling’s famed 1894 stories, which has been one of the stand-out movie hits of 2016 since its April release.
The Jungle Book has taken $934 million in global box office to date, according to comScore, and has a 94% positive critical rating on the review site RottenTomatoes.com.
The new story of an orphaned boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India was a hugely popular 1967 Disney animated film.
Newcomer Neel Sethi, 12, was selected from thousands to star as the man-cub, Mowgli. Sethi’s audition tape that sealed the casting is one of the digital extras available on the home release.
“Neel is in almost every scene,” Favreau told USA TODAY in April “Neel is your entry for this movie — he’s the one reacting to all the jungle animals. Everything has to be expressed through this one actor. And Neel has something very special.”