Warner Bros. President Talks Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book’

Jungle Book

Ever since Jon Favreau’s live-action/CGI-hybrid remake of Disney’s The Jungle Book was released last year, we haven’t heard a whole lot about motion-capture king Andy Serkis’ take on the property. The War for the Planet of the Apes star made his directorial debut with the film, which already underwent production in 2015. It was originally titled Jungle Book: Origins and planned for an October 2017 release before it was moved to 2018 and retitled Jungle Book.

While speaking recently with Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures President and Chief Content Officer Toby Emmerich spoke briefly about what makes Serkis’ adaptation stand apart from the Disney version, stating that it will be more in line with Rudyard Kipling’s original book:

“I’m very curious how the world embraces it. It is based on the same source material that the Disney movie is based on, but man, is it a different interpretation. If Rudyard Kipling saw this movie, he would more readily recognize it as an adaptation of his book.”

Personally, I think it would be a pretty tough task to take on the story of Mowgli so soon after Favreau’s fantastic film (which was one of my top 10 films of last year), especially when Disney reportedly has a sequel already in the works. However, Serkis is incredibly talented. I am a massive fan of his work on the Planet of the Apes movies. He has also assembled a phenomenal cast that’s on par with the Disney version, so I would be curious to see his take on the story, especially if it’s a much darker version as promised.

Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book is currently slated for an October 19, 2018 release. The film stars Serkis as Baloo, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Freida Pinto as Raksha, Naomie Harris as Nisha, Jack Reynor as Brother Wolf, Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood and Rohan Chand (Lone Survivor) as Mowgli.

Source: Variety

Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up

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TrailersEvery year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.

I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.

If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).