The past week has once again proven that Jon Favreau is a force to be reckoned with. His take on the classic Jungle Book story has met with critical and commercial acclaim, paving the way for a ton of brand new Disney reboots. However, his Jungle Book is not the only version of Mowgli's tale slated to hit theaters in the near future. Legendary mo-cap actor Andy Serkis and Warner Bros. have their own version of the iconic Rudyard Kipling story on the way, and they’re set to craft their own distinct vision of this narrative. In order to properly bring their vision to life, it now seems that Warner Bros and Andy Serkis have enlisted the help of Alfonso Cuaron to put some finishing touches on Jungle Book.
Based upon a new report form Deadline, it seems that Warner Bros. has enlisted the help of visionary director Alfonso Cuaron to assist Andy Serkis on Jungle Book. However, the Deadline report makes a special point to clarify that Alfonso Cuaron’s involvement in the project does not extend far beyond simple professional courtesy. Jungle Book still remains very much under Andy Serkis’ control, and Cuaron does not seem to have been brought in to take the reigns on the project won’t receive official credit for his contribution to the final film.
We can think of few filmmakers more suitable than Alfonso Cuaron to bring on to a project such as this. Over the last few years he has proven himself to be one of Hollywood’s best visual directors. Between his work on Children of Men, Gravity, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he has established himself as one of the industry's best when it comes to crafting stunning visuals. Considering the immense praise currently being heaped upon Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book for its visuals, we think Andy Serkis could use all of the help he can get.
At this point taking the slow, conservative approach seems like the smart call for Warner Bros. to make. Disney and Jon Favreau beat WB to the punch by releasing their wildly successful version of The Jungle Book last week, so it seems like there’s no rush to get another version of this story into theaters any time soon. Now it's more a matter of perfecting the film, rather than racing against another studio.
Although it faces stiff competition in the form of Disney’s The Jungle Book, Jungle Book is shaping up to be a wholly unique take on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic tale in its own right. In addition to helming the project from behind the camera, Andy Serkis will also star as the beloved bear Baloo alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera, and Cate Blanchett as Kaa.
We will keep you up to date regarding any and all developments associated with Andy Serkis’ upcoming version of The Jungle Book story. Jungle Book: Origins is currently slated to hit theaters on October 19, 2018.