Andy Serkis’ ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ Changes Title To ‘Mowgli’


There has been a slight change to Andy Serkis’ forthcoming Jungle Book: Origins. The title of the Warner Bros. project based on Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories has officially changed to Mowgli, Deadline has confirmed.

Slated to open on Oct. 19, 2018, the film follows the titular character who is raised by wolves as he follows the rules of the jungle and keeps company with a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera. The film will have a different, darker tone than Jon Favreau’s 2016 adaptation and stars Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander, and Rohan Chand as Mowgli.

Serkis’ adaptation, written by Callie Kloves, was originally slated for a 2016 date close to Favreau’s but has since shifted. As Deadline exclusively reported, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron gave notes on the project to see if there are ways to take the extra time to improve the picture, which will be a combination of live action and motion capture performances.

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