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Andy Serkis says his Jungle Book will be just as dark as the book

03.28.2014
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Warner Bros. and Disney both have big screen versions of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" in the works, with Jon Favreau helming Disney's, and Andy Serkis will be behind the camera for Warner Bros. THR recently spoke with Andy Serkis about his upcoming first film as a director (although he was the second unit director for Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT movies), and he says he loved Kipling's novel as a kid.

"I found it mesmerizing, and it transported me into this incredible world. It's extraordinary that I'm getting a chance to bring it to the screen."

Serkis goes on to say the screenplay for THE JUNGLE BOOK from Steve and Callie Kloven is a very faithful adaptation.

"What I love about the screen adaptation by Steve and Callie Kloves is it's very truthful to the original book; it doesn’t shy away from its darkness. The jungle is a Garden of Eden and a wonderful place for Mowgli to grow up in, but also is a place of fear and a place of threat."

I kind of assumed Andy Serkis' THE JUNGLE BOOK will be darker than the one Disney is developing, and Serkis' comments pretty much confirmed my thoughts. Disney's version has the slight edge at this point in my opinion, but that's only because Idris Elba will be voicing Shere Khan in their film, which is all kinds of awesome.

Warner Brothers' THE JUNGLE BOOK currently doesn't have a release date, but will likely open sometime in 2015.

Source: THR

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1:40PM on 04/01/2014
How dark are we talking? Like it'll be filmed with a hazy film over it? Or will we see some mauling and blood n guts spilled all over? I can't take this over-used term anymore to describe every new damn movie.
How dark are we talking? Like it'll be filmed with a hazy film over it? Or will we see some mauling and blood n guts spilled all over? I can't take this over-used term anymore to describe every new damn movie.
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5:46PM on 03/28/2014
sounds good to me! I have high hopes that both these films will be epic! This will be Andy Serkis first time directing an entire film. I hope he knocks it out of the park!
sounds good to me! I have high hopes that both these films will be epic! This will be Andy Serkis first time directing an entire film. I hope he knocks it out of the park!
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2:15PM on 03/28/2014

Stephen Sommers!

Man I loved that movie, a total childhood favourite... all time favourite actually. So good.
Man I loved that movie, a total childhood favourite... all time favourite actually. So good.
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11:18AM on 03/28/2014
I haven't seen the Sommers version in years, but I remember really liking it as a kid. I'm actually excited for both these adaptations as the animated film is one of my favorites of all time, definitely top 5 and the tale is a great one.
I haven't seen the Sommers version in years, but I remember really liking it as a kid. I'm actually excited for both these adaptations as the animated film is one of my favorites of all time, definitely top 5 and the tale is a great one.
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8:50AM on 03/28/2014

Did anyone see the Stephen Sommers version ?

Ok, it was a little cheezy, but also a fun and enjoyable movie with a solid cast (sam neil, cary elwes...)
Out of topic : I want Stephen Sommers back to provide me brainless, but very entertainning popcorn blockbusters !!!!

A darkest version ? Oh yes ! Go Andy !!!
Ok, it was a little cheezy, but also a fun and enjoyable movie with a solid cast (sam neil, cary elwes...)
Out of topic : I want Stephen Sommers back to provide me brainless, but very entertainning popcorn blockbusters !!!!

A darkest version ? Oh yes ! Go Andy !!!
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