In the wake of the success of Disney’s “Jungle Book” film, you wouldn’t think another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s tale would be required. Nevertheless, director Andy Serkis is progressing with that and has spoken with Vulture this week about how a much more adult tone distinguishes his mo-cap version from Favreau’s more family-friendly take:
“Ours is for a slightly older audience. It’s a PG-13, more a kind of ‘Apes’ movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s. It’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn’t overly protect them. Kids are so sophisticated, and that is why our ‘Jungle Book’ is quite dark.
It’s a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and then has to adapt to another culture, a human culture, which of course he should be able to adapt to, because this is what he is. So it’s about two different species and their laws and customs, and neither are entirely right.”
Warner Bros. Pictures will release Serkis’ film which is slated to hit cinemas on October 19th 2018. Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand take on live-action roles while Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack Reynor and Tom Hollander are performing mo-cap parts.
“Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron is also reportedly working on the film as an uncredited advisor. Filming has reportedly already been completed, with the film now in the midst of a very lengthy VFX-heavy post-production process.