A year ago, when we learned the world would be getting two live-action feature films based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, we were a little concerned. We had a similar situation happen recently with the multiple movies about Steve Jobs, and not surprisingly, only one of those films had a positive reaction from fans and critics.
We figured the two Jungle Book films would have the same experience. One would be a huge hit, and one would be a huge failure. Well, we already know Jon Favreau’s version of the story is a huge hit. It has already grossed $828 million worldwide, and it received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This seems like bad news for Andy Serkis’ upcoming Jungle Book film; however, it looks like the two versions will be so different that they might not impact each other at all. Serkis made it clear while talking with Vulture that there are some major differences between his version and Favreau’s.
“Ours is for a slightly older audience. It’s a PG-13, more a kind of ‘Apes’ movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s. It’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn’t overly protect them. Kids are so sophisticated, and that is why our ‘Jungle Book’ is quite dark.”
Certainly sounds interesting, and it’s something fans have been waiting for. This might not please everyone in your family like the version released this year, but at least it’s trying something new and exciting.
In addition to directing, Serkis will play Baloo in the movie. He’ll be joined by Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand in the live-action roles.
It’s scheduled to hit theaters October 19, 2018.