It all began with a gift. When Jon Favreau’s father gifted him a screenwriting software, he never thought it would change the life of his son forever. Using the software, Favreau went on to write a full-length script based on his experiences as an actor in Hollywood. The script sounded quite impressive to director Doug Liman, who made it into a small budget indie and Miramax picked it up for distribution.
The backstory of the 1996 indie favorite ‘Swingers’ is as interesting as Jon Favreau’s career. Favreau became the multitasking talent powerhouse, delivering hits throughout the ’90s and early 2000s. His major movies include ‘Deep Impact (1998),’ ‘Love & Sex (2000),’ ‘Something’s Gotta Give (2003),’ ‘Elf (2003),’ ‘Iron Man Franchise (2008 and 2010),’ and ‘The Jungle Book (2016).’ At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Jon Favreau movie or TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Jon Favreau films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Jon Favreau movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
5. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The Avengers is all set for the climactic showdown with Thanos. While fans wait for ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Jon Favreau is all the more excited about the return of his Marvel Cinematic Universe character Happy Hogan. He is Tony Stark aka Iron Man’s personal chauffeur, trainer and bodyguard. The character first appeared in Iron Man, his own directorial in 2008. Happy Hogan, who is shown as a gentle person, is very loyal to Tony.
Favreau brought Happy Hogan back in his second Iron Man movie, ‘Iron Man 2.’ Hogan was seen sharing some quick boxing lessons with Stark in the film. In Iron Man 3, Happy appeared as the Head Chief of Security of Stark Industries. He survived a deadly explosion but ended up in a coma in the movie. Though the details about Jon Favreau’s character in the upcoming film ‘Endgame’ are still kept as a secret, a couple of deleted scenes feature him driving a machine along with Stark and having a dialogue with Pepper. ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ hits theaters on April 26, 2019.
4. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is the upcoming sequel of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ The movie has Tom Holland returning as Peter Parker along with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury of the S.H.I.E.L.D. The plot follows Spider-man and his friends who go on a school trip to Europe. The trailer features Parker’s European adventure, which is interrupted by spymaster Nick Fury during a mission to fight off monsters attacking major cities around the world. Jon Favreau returns as Happy Hogan in the movie. Reports suggest that the forever lonely Happy Hogan could be romantically involved with Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’ Directed by Jon Watts, the movie also features Zendaya as MJ and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best friend, Ned. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ hits theatres on July 5, 2019.
3. The Lion King (2019)
Disney and Jon Favreau bring back the Pride Lands with the upcoming remake of the 1994 classic, ‘The Lion King’. Directed by Jon Favreau, the coming-of-age saga of Simba has an ensemble cast. Donald Glover lends his voice to Simba and the movie also features Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen also join the voice cast as Timon and Pumba. James Earl Jones who was the voice of Mufasa in the 1994 movie returns to reprise his role. ‘The Lion King‘ reaches theaters on July 19, 2019.
2. The Mandalorian (2019)
‘The Mandalorian’ is Jon Favreau’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series for Disney+. Apart from serving as the creator, Jon Favreau executive produces the series along with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. The eight-episode series unfolds after the events of ‘The Return of the Jedi (1983)’ and before the rise of the First Order to replace the Empire. Pedro Pascal returns as the Mandalorian warrior, along with Carl Weathers’ Greef Carga and Gina Carano’s Cara Dune. Dave Filoni, who is known for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ directs the first episode. Taika Waititi, who directed ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ Bryce Dallas Howard and Rick Famuyiwa, known for ‘Dope’ and Deborah Chow of ‘Jessica Jones’ also direct several episodes of the ‘Star Wars’ series. ‘The Mandalorian‘ is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.
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1. Jungle Book 2 (TBA)
Disney joins hands with director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks to make a sequel to their 2016 blockbuster ‘The Jungle Book.’ Favreau also returns as one of the executive producers. The first installment, a live-action-CG hybrid swept across the global box office and became Disney’s flag-bearer for the live-action reboot lineup. Disney released their first Jungle Book movie as an animated version in 1967. The movie is based on the Rudyard Kipling stories of the abandoned human boy Mowgli, who is raised by wolves among other animals. Jon Favreau’s first movie has Bill Murray voicing Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the panther, Scarlet Johansson as Kaa the snake and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha the mother wolf. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars the central character of Mowgli. The cast, release date and other details of ‘Jungle Book 2’ haven’t revealed yet.
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