There are currently two live-action adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” in the works – one at Disney (with Jon Favreau reportedly directing, and one that has moved far enough along that it’s already casting – Idris Elba is set to voice the tiger Shere Khan) and one at Warner Bros. that has cycled through a number of directors and seemed to be falling a bit behind – and both now seem to be clipping right along.
Things are going to get confusing soon enough, but we’re here to try to smooth out those questions.
THR reports that Andy Serkis will now direct Warner Bros.’ version of the book – the version that was once set to be directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (who then dropped out) and then flirted with Ron Howard to direct (who was never officially set for the gig) – which should get it right on track alongside the Disney version.
As the outlet notes, this would indeed by Serkis’ first crack at directing his own feature, but the actor and CG and motion capture performance pioneer has spent some time behind the camera before, having directed the second unit stuff on all three of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. It’s Serkis’ skills with CG work that likely motivated picking him for the job, as THR shares that the Jungle Book project “will involve plenty of CG and motion capture.”
Warner Bros.’ take on the material has been penned by Callie Kloves and will reportedly hew closely to Kipling’s original work, “which is darker than most people know, seeing as how most of the knowledge of the material is distilled from Disney’s 1967 animated classic. The Warners movie hopes to explore life-and-death issues and be true-to-life in portraying animal behavior.”
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