Just over two years after Disney's live-action The Jungle Book grossed almost $1 billion worldwide, Warner Bros. and director Andy Serkis are bringing Rudyard Kipling's beloved book to the big screen once again. Disney released its own live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's story in 2016. Serkis himself plays Baloo the bear, Christian Bale is Bagheera the black panther and Cate Blanchett is Kaa the snake, with Tom Hollander, Peter Mullan and Naomie Harris as the wolf family that takes in Mowgli as a baby.
It's an effort which has undoubtedly taken its time to put together though. "I looked you in the eye and saw no fear". Its grittier tone is something which I would like explored. Featuring Rohan Chand in the title role, Mowgli seems to be a darker version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. And not getting to hear that frustratingly catchy song Bare Necessities is a definite plus.
"Mowgli" is produced by Steve Kloves ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"), Jonathan Cavendish ("Breathe", performance capture producer on "Godzilla"), and David Barron (the "Harry Potter" films), with Nikki Penny serving as executive producer.
"It's not so much a child's fairytale", he explained. There are real consequences", Andy says. As Serkis notes of his flick in an accompanying featurette, "There's no singing or dancing by the animals, that's for sure". However, Serkis' film is filled with talented actors, and the trailer makes the film look like it will truly be a handsome and compelling take on Kipling's classic novel.
The trailer is an intriguing montage of Mowgli's struggle of survival - sometimes in the taxing, brutal forest and sometimes in an unforgiving human company.
The trailer also shows off handsome landscapes (in a CGI-meets-live action world) as Mowgli ventures through the jungle with his animal friends - and foes, including tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, in one scene, towers over the young boy.
Warner Bros. will release "Mowgli" on October 19.