Andy Serkis’ dark version of the Jungle Book is still happening. The film lost some steam at first after Disney released a live-action version of the animated flick in 2015, gaining positive reviews from critics and fans alike. It looks like Serkis’ version is back on track, as the film now has a new name, along with a new synopsis.
Serkis’ version of the film will now be called Mowgli. It used to be called Jungle Book Origins but Warner Bros. seems to have changed their mind after the Disney version came out. The veteran actor will be helming the film with help from Alfonso Cuaron, who worked on Gravity.
Here is the full synopsis of the film. Admittedly, it doesn’t sound too different from the Disney version. The original book that the Disney version was based on is actually pretty dark, so Serkis may want his film to follow that version more.
“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.”
Mowgli is slated for release on October 19, 2018. It actually has a star-studded cast as well, with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to appear, along with Serkis himself.