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After the rousing success of Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG remake of The Jungle Book in 2015, it was unlikely that any future adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic book would match the quality of that film. Still, despite this, Andy Serkis was developing his own iteration of The Jungle Book.
However, since the success of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book from a critical and financial standpoint, we have had no updates on Serkis’ film. We knew that his film would have used motion capture similar to what was used in War for the Planet of the Apes. Yet, other details have been sparse. This has now changed.
A Title + Plot Synopsis
It seems like development for Serkis’ film is starting up again. The film, that will be distributed by Warner Bros., now has the official title of Mowgli. Additionally, we now have an official synopsis for Mowgli. You can read the synopsis below:
“The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins”.
Clearly, this synopsis sounds very familiar to what we have seen in previous Jungle Book films. Still, Andy Serkis has previously stated that his film will be a much darker take on the source material. I am interested to see both this darker take and how the technology that will be used in Serkis’ film will compare to Favreau’s film which was a visual effects spectacle.
Mowgli also has a very talented cast. Andy Serkis will star alongside Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and Jack Reynor in the film. When you have a cast as good as this, then you are bound to get excited. Mowgli is set for a release in October 2018.
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