Mowgli Trailer: That Other Jungle Book Movie


Disney have already announced a sequel to Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, which made $966 million worldwide back in 2016. This is not that movie. Back before Disney’s version was released, Warner Brothers started working on a live-action Jungle Book movie of their own with mo-cap maestro Andy Serkis in the director’s chair. This movie is called simply Mowgli and it now faces an uphill battle if it wants to convince audiences that there is room for yet another take on this story. They seem to be marketing it as a “darker” version of the tale but it’s hard to avoid the fact that it still looks quite similar. Fortunately, the movie also has a solid cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Matthew Rhys, Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto, Eddie Marsan, Jack Reynor and Tom Hollander… but will that really be enough? Mowgli hits theatres on Oct. 19th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • devolutionary

    I actually would be interested in a darker take on the Kipling novel but like you said, I have no idea how they would be able to market this to (young?) adults who would rather see Favreau’s version or only reference Phil Harris’s voice as the definitive Baloo. It’s like how they usually fail whenever they try and adapt Grimm’s fairy tales more faithfully. Disney has squashed those hopes.

  • Matt Thephotoman

    completely agree, this will flop and its a real shame as i will see it and expect it will be the better movie. we’ve all been so conditioned by disney i expect most folks won’t even acknowledge this as a ‘jungle book’ movie.