Andy Serkis has revealed that his live action remake of The Jungle Book will have a different title from the book by Rudyard Kipling and the various adaptations, all of which have retained Kipling’s original name.
Serkis is currently intending to call his film Mowgli: Tales From the Jungle Book. He said that the new title is not “100%” decided, however it is “more than likely heading in that direction,” he told Variety.
He went on to explain that while the film centers around Mowgli, it is “much more about that character. It’s a Mowgli-centric story. It’s about identity. The film really examines, in a tone that’s much closer to Rudyard Kipling’s book, what it is to be other.”
Via Entertainment Weekly
Serkis has assembled an all star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa and Christian Bale as Bagheera.
The film will use ‘motion-capture’ in order for the actors to play their respective animal roles, about which Serkis says, “What we are attempting is a… level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals.”
Sounds faaaaaaancy. Serkis’ adaptation comes not two years after the last live action The Jungle Book remake by Jon Favreau, which also used motion capture. It grossed $966.6 million, briefly holding the record for biggest remake of all time before Beauty and the Beast swooped in the following year. Those are big shoes to fill! Let’s hope the two films don’t go head to head!
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