Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins' Gets A New Title And Synopsis

We haven't heard much about Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins since it was delayed by more than a year after Jon Favreau's blockbuster movie for Disney. In the meantime he's released his directorial debut, Breathe, and appeared in War for the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not too shabby. But now he's ready to head back to the jungle, but his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book has undergone one notable change.

Warner Bros. has changed the title of the film to Mowgli, and released a new synopsis:

“The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.”

Originally set to open in 2016, the film was delayed when Jon Favreau's Disney version of The Jungle Book beat them to the punch, earning more than $1B in the process. Alfonso Cuaron was brought on to consult on ways to redevelop the project during the hiatus. Callie Kloves' script is said to be darker than Favreau's movie and more in keeping with Kipling's vision. As expected Serkis will employ a combination of live-action and motion capture technology, and you can bet he's taking the extra time to get that aspect perfect.

Mowgli opens October 19th 2018.