If I were to mention The Jungle Book to you, your gut reaction might be to start singing The Bare Necessities, or whistling I Wan'Na Be Like You. Totally understandable. Because of the animated version of The Jungle Book that came out in 1967, Walt Disney has cornered the market on recognizable versions of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel. The 2016 live-action version, directed by Jon Favreau, also made use of the sing-along songs, putting them back in the conversation. So when we interviewed Andy Serkis recently about his upcoming interpretation of the material, Mowgli, we jokingly asked if he had songs, and his answer was honest and surprising! Serkis said:
The Holi Festival, an Indian tradition, does surface in the new trailer for Mowgli, which just arrived. This is a mature take on Kipling's story, a live-action interpretation that follows the journey of a boy named Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who fights for survival while growing up in the jungle. And yet, as you can see in the tease, there are important human parts played by Freida Pinto and Matthew Rhys, who will be integral to Mowgli's arc. Here, give the Mowgli trailer a viewing:
The music isn't the only difference between previous Disney takes on this material and the version Andy Serkis will release later this year in Mowgli. As we discussed his vision further, Serkis told CinemaBlend:
The journey begins for the character of Mowgli later this year. Andy Serkis' star-studded Mowgli opens in theaters on October 19, and promises to be a fresh take on a classic tale. Do you like what you see so far? Weigh in below with your thoughts.
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