In March, it was announced that Warner Bros. signed on Andy Serkis, most known for his role in Lord of the Rings, to direct a live-action take of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was initially asked but there were scheduling conflicts. Jon Favreau’s version was shown earlier this year and dominated box office sales.
Speaking to Vulture at a Vanity Fair/Chopard after-party, Serkis shared that his Jungle Book will be “for a slightly older audience.” He added, “It's a PG-13, more a kind of Apes movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s.” So far, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch are slated to appear in Serkis’ cast.
Serkis noted that movies made nowadays are too easygoing on kids and suggested that the scare factor in movies are necessary for development. Serkis told Vulture, “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.”
He went on to elaborate on the plot of the film:
“It’s a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and then has to adapt to another culture, a human culture, which of course he should be able to adapt to, because this is what he is. So it’s about two different species and their laws and customs, and neither are entirely right."