For those who haven’t read the book nor watched the 1967 Disney animated movie, let me start with a brief synopsis:
Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther. The adventures of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the snake-fighting mongoose, little Toomai and the elephant’s secret dance, and Kotick the white seal are all part of Mowgli’s extraordinary journey with his animal friends.
There will be TWO movie versions of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. That’s right, TWO movies by TWO different studios. Main cast and crew have been decided and here is a summary of both movies:
|The Jungle Book||Movie title||Jungle Book: Origins|
|Jon Favreau||Director||Andy Serkis|
|Justin Marks||Writer||Callie Kloves|
|15th of April 2016||Release date||6th of October 2017|
|Neel Sethi||Mowgli (human)||Rohan Chand|
|Bill Murray||Baloo (bear)||Andy Serkis|
|Idris Elba||Shere Khan (tiger)||Benedict Cumberbatch|
|Ben Kingsley||Bagheera (panther)||Chrisian Bale|
|Scarlett Johansson||Kaa (python)||Cate Blanchett|
|Giancarlo Esposito||Akela (wolf)||Peter Mullan|
In my opinion, the cast for both adaptations look solid so the quality of the films will depend on the director’s capabilities. I am massive Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett fan hence I am in favour of ‘Jungle Book: Origins’. Despite that, I plan to watch both adaptations.
Which adaptation are you looking forward to? Vote below!