Andy Serkis on His “Darker, Adult, Unique” Jungle Book and Why It’s Okay for Kids

Disney and Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book had become such a massive hit, both critically and commercially, that it begs the question how Andy Serkis and Warner Bros.' version will be different enough to compete with its success.

Well, the first time director is confident that his version of Rudyard Kipling's iconic story is unique in its own way. It will be much darker yet okay for kids because he thinks kids should feel scared from time to time.

In an interview with Vulture while at the Cannes Film Festival, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor explained how his Jungle Book will be based on motion-capture technology as rather than CGI and that his story will be an adult take on Kipling's story. As for kids getting scared, Serkis said it's perfectly fine since we should give kids more credit than what we give them.

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.

While Serkis' reasoning certainly makes sense, it's worth noting that Favreau's The Jungle Book came with its own scary moments, enough for India's film ratings board to give the movie a U/A rating, meaning children will only be allowed to see the film if they're with their parents.

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see what the first time director can bring us, especially with a movie that's challenging a recently released blockbuster film.

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