Andy Serkis is best known for being the actor who has seemingly perfected the art of motion capture. In films like Lord of the Rings, King Kong, the rebooted Planet of the Apes films among others, and this jack of all trades has been planning his own version of the Rudyard Kipling novel even though Disney and Jon Favreau gave us one earlier this year which has found massive success.
Warner Bros. and Serkis have been discussing the production of this film for as long as Disney has, but was aware that Disney fast tracked their film to come out at least a year earlier than Serkis’ directorial debut.
Serkis will be motion capturing the iconic whistling bear Baloo, but don’t expect to find whistling in this version of The Jungle Book. Serkis claims he will keeping it more true to the original source material rather than make another rendition of Disney’s adaptations. He claims it will be much darker and scarier than what we’ve seen. That being said, I’ve been more excited about this version from day one. Don’t get it twisted, I was thoroughly entertained by the latest Jungle Book, but is it something I am claiming is the “best thing ever?”, no.
This for me was the version that excited me most for a few reasons: 1. Andy Serkis is a motion-captured God among mere men as an actor and pioneer 2. Go back to reason one. The man is the stand out in nearly all his films mo-cap or not and what he can bring to the table is endless. He compares this film to his Planet of the Apes films in tone and audience which makes sense because this Jungle Book will be PG-13 and likely show the harder scenes of the story.
The film stars; Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand as live-action characters where as the voice cast includes the likes of Christian Bale (Bagheera), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Jack Reynor and Tom Hollander as motion capture characters.