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Occasionally, like-minded Hollywood studios will have similar projects competing for airspace in a crowded market. This explains why, years ago, we had two blockbuster thrillers about asteroids heading toward our planet. Well, a few years back, competing interpretations of The Jungle Book were meandering through post-production, one from director Jon Favreau and the other marking the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. Well, Serkis pumped the brakes, allowing Disney's The Jungle Book to open in 2016. Later this year, Serkis' own version, Mowgli, will open in theaters (we got our first look at the trailer below), and when we recently hopped on the phone to discuss the project with this talented artist, he explained why he ultimately let Disney go first, saying:
Leave it to Andy Serkis, an actual wizard who is partially responsible for some of the greatest motion-capture performances in this industry, to realize that pressing pause on his process and allowing the mo-cap workers to perfect their art was only going to benefit his movie in the long run. Serkis knew that his approach to Rudyard Kipling's source material was always going to be different from a Disney take on The Jungle Book. No recognizable soundtrack, no comic relief. This is a darker spin on the material, and as such, needs the animals to work from a different angle. And for that to happen, the motion-capture on the actors in Serkis' cast -- from Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett to Christian Bale -- had to be the best it could possibly be.
Look at the reveal of the tiger Shere Khan in the new trailer to get a sense of the work that came with Mowgli's delay!
Mowgli now ends up being Andy Serkis' second directorial effort, though he started principal photography on Mowgli before Breathe. And, as he joked with me, during the break, he also tried his hand at acting in a few projects, from Black Panther and War for the Planet of the Apes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Andy's been busy.
See how it all turned out when Andy Serkis' star-studded Mowgli opens in theaters on October 19.