Andy Serkis: The Jungle Book is darker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 March 2014
Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis says his new live action adaptation of 'The Jungle Book' doesn't "shy away from darkness"

Andy Serkis says his adaptation of 'The Jungle Book' doesn't "shy away from darkness".

'The Hobbit' actor is set to try his hand at directing by helming Warner Bros.' new live action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling children's book and he says the film will be darker than previous adaptations.

He said: "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."

Serkis - best known for his motion capture performances as Gollum in the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films, and as powerful ape Caesar in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and upcoming sequel 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' - also spoke of his fond memories of reading 'The Jungle Book' as a child.

He gushed to The Hollywood Reporter: "I found it mesmerising, and it transported me into this incredible world. It's extraordinary that I'm getting a chance to bring it to the screen."

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

  • 2018
  • UK / US
  • 1h 44min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andy Serkis
  • Cast: Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander
  • UK release: 7 December 2018

Another live-action retelling of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, this time directed by Gollum himself, Andy Serkis.

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