Rudyard Kipling’s classic story “The Jungle Book” is headed to dark-o-town, with the release of Mowgli, the Warner Bros. version of the adapted tale, which is directed by no other than, Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes).
This live-action/CG retelling of The Jungle Book is supposed more faithful to the original book than the Disney toon, the 1994 Stephen Sommers summer action movie wannabe or Jon Favreau’s animated/live-action hybrid from 2016.
The film production began in March 2015 and was originally titled Jungle Book: Origins and, later, Mowgli: Tales from the Jungle Book.
From day one, Warner Bros,. had a big challenge: set this movie a part from Jon Favreau’s light-hearted and now popular “The Jungle Book”, wich opened in April of 2016 and made almost a billion dollars at the box office worldwide.
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Mowgli follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand), 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 (Serkis) 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 (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto.
Warner Bros Pictures will open the film October 19. Check out the trailer above and a behind-the-scenes featurette below:
Serkis himself plays Baloo, and he is joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Christian Bale (Bagheera), Matthew Rhys (John Lockwood);, and Rohan Chand (Mowgli).