Mowgli director promises Jungle Book adaptation is 'not a child's fairytale'

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s the timeless story that we all know and love, yet in this preview for the new adaption of The Jungle Book, comes a whole other part to the story that we’ve never known before.

Straying away from the traditional song and dance fairytale, the new film, Mowgli, takes a turn for the darker side with the trailer leaving a rather daunting chill running down your spine.

New adaptation Mowgli is not like the Jungle Book as we know it. Source: Supplied
The story follows young Mowgli raised among animals in the Indian Jungle. Source: Supplied

Director Andy Serkis spoke of his vision for the film, saying he intended it to align much more closely to the original book by Rudyard Kipling.

“It’s not so much a child’s fairytale, this has a reality to it. There are real consequences,” Andy says.

“It has a much darker approach to the storytelling, there’s no singing or dancing by the animals that’s for sure,” he continued.

The story follows the upbringing of young Mowgli raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India and treated as one of their own.

Young Rohan Chand who plays Mowgli is said to be “utterly brilliant”. Source: Supplied
The new film is based closely on the original Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and is said to explore the darker side of the story. Source: Supplied

Only in this new trailer, we see Mowgli struggle with an internal identity crisis that has him torn between the animals and humans of his own kind.

Along with Andy Serkis is an impressive lineup of cast members including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and the young Rohan Chand who Andy describes as “utterly brilliant”.

The trailer hints at an internal battle between two identities: man and animal. Source: Supplied

The journey is said to be immense with each actor taking on the characters in a way that Andy believes will come as a surprise to the audience.

“People have such strong preconceptions about the characters and the story, this will shatter those preconceptions.”

Mowgli will be in cinemas in October 18th, 2018. Source: Supplied.

MOWGLI will hit screens in cinemas on October 18th, 2018.  

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