Jon Favreau Piles on the Extras

By Arnold, Thomas K. | Variety, December 6, 2016 | Go to article overview

Jon Favreau Piles on the Extras


Arnold, Thomas K., Variety


Jon Favreau is riding high these days, with "The Jungle Book" racking up huge sales numbers in the home entertainment market after scoring at the box office and with critics. He's already plotting his next big venture, a live-action remake of another Disney film, "The Lion King" - and, as always, the film's eventual release to the home market is constantly on his mind.

"I learned early on, really from back in the 'Swingers' and 'Rudy' days, that how a film does in theaters is just one smart part of the equation," explains the actor and filmmaker, whose directorial credits include "Elf," "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," and "Cowboys & Aliens."

He is being inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment & Digital Hall of Fame on Dec. 6.

Regardless of how well a film performs at the box office, he says, "people see it multiple times at home, so the line has really blurred" between making a film for the big screen and the home screen.

As a result, he says, "I tend to put a lot of effort into what that experience on video will be for people." With "The Jungle Book," for example, Favreau picked an aspect ratio "that would fill up the whole screen on a TV - 16x9."

He's particularly keen on the Blu-ray disc editions of his films. "Formats change, and it's always impressive, what each wave of technology has to offer," he says. "You have high dynamic range, 3D, higher resolution, but to me, right now, if you want to see a copy of a film and ensure it is of the highest quality, having a Blu-ray disc copy" is the best way to go. …

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