Director Andy Serkis’ upcoming live-action reiteration of the classic Jungle Book fairy tale is not what you knew when you were a child. The recently-released trailer still follows the story line of the Rudyard Kipling classic, but adds a darker, more sinister twist to it. This time, the story takes place in the shadows, where life in a jungle is not as happy and easy as it was portrayed to be by other versions of the story. The reality is grim, and young Mowgli will have to take on some scary challenges in order to become a man.
Andy Serkis is mostly known for his incredible performance-capture work on numerous blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Planet of the Apes. This time, he decided to take on a different role and sit behind the camera. According to him, the movie will surprise everyone because it will not be your usual live-action version of a fairytale. It’s serious, grounded and very dark. In a way, Serkis described it as “Dickens in a jungle”. In this version, the jungle is both idyllic and savage at the same time.
Mowgli, a much darker version of Jungle Book
The initial idea was to release Mowgli before Jon Favreau’s 2016 live-action adaptation, which was very successful. However, when it became clear that Disney was moving forward a lot quicker, Serkis decided to take more time on his movie and put some space between the two adaptations. In this story, Mowgli grows up in a cage believing he is a wolf until the panther Bagheera (Christian Bale) tells him about his human origins.
But when the dangerous tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) begins hunting the boy, he needs to return among people. The cast also includes Serkis himself as the friendly bear Baloo, Cate Blanchett as the snake Kaa, and Naomie Harris as the wolf mother Raksha. Mowgli comes out on October 19.
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