You might have forgotten about this, but Warner Bros. has been developing its own adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book, with Andy Serkis at the helm. After Disney smashed box office records with its own live-action Jungle Book adaptation (directed by Jon Favreau) last year, Warner Bros. has been mum on details regarding their take.
They’ve now broken their silence, revealing the movie’s new title and an official (albeit thoroughly unsurprising) synopsis. Originally titled Jungle Book: Origins, the movie is now simply called Mowgli. Warner Bros., do you need a little help coming up with titles over there?
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And here is the official synopsis, courtesy of Warner Bros.:
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, 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 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. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
Andy Serkis is bringing his signature motion capture knowledge to the project, which makes it stand apart (although only vaguely) from Disney’s 2016 movie. Also, as with Disney’s The Jungle Book, Serkis has assembled a wild cast. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the tiger, Shere Khan; Cate Blanchett plays the snake, Kaa; Christian Bale plays the panther, Bagheera; and Andy Serkis plays the big lovable bear, Baloo. Rohan Chand will be playing Mowgli.
Mowgli will hit theaters October 19, 2018.
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