ANDY SERKIS TO DIRECT THE JUNGLE BOOK REMAKE





The Jungle Book (1967)

So here we have yet another remake, though when the original source material is a classic book then one can be a bit more forgiving! In any case, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has already not just been the basis of Disney’s much loved animated film from 1967 but also had two pretty good live-action adaptations, so I’m not sure what a new version can really bring to the table except for better special effects. Then again, Warner Bros. probably have one eye on a new Tarzan project that keeps being talked about but hasn’t given us any solid news.

Ron Howard was first mentioned as director, then Alejandro González Iñárritu was asked to do it, but had a scheduling conflict. Andy Serkis is now the man in charge, and while the actor has primarily been known for his work in front of the camera, he’s increasingly been gaining experiencing behind it. Peter Jackson put him in charge of second unit work on The Hobbit trilogy, and Serkis oversaw some key scenes like the barrel sequence from The Desolation Of Smaug. In addition to the years he’s spent on film sets and his work collaborating on performance capture projects such as Lord Of The Rings, King Kong and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Serkis has been developing his own slate of films via his production outfit The Imaginarium. So The Jungle Book sounds tailor-made for him, given that it will be largely reliant on convincing special effects and the large cast of animals may require plenty of performance capture.

With a script by Callie Kloves, this is apparently set to be a return to the darker side of Kipling’s tale.

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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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