From The Jungle Book to The Jungle Book: Origins, Warner Bros. has finally decided on a retitle for Andy Serkis’ Rudyard Kipling adaptation. The final change will be Mowgli.
If you’re wondering what the plot is, you probably could have guessed it. The story will follow the human child, Mowgli, who was raised by a pack of wolves in India before running into a bear and a panther. Mowgli is accepted by all the jungle animals except for the tiger Shere Khan.
The film, which will blend live action with performance capture, has already seen a few release date changes. The film releasing after Disney’s Jungle Book can come with its own set of problems but Serkis says there’s a good reason for the delay.
“Every minute more that we have to evolve the technological pipeline will make all the difference,” he said in a Facebook post. “The ambition for this project is huge. What we are attempting is an unprecedented level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals. We are breaking new ground with realistic non-humanoid animal faces, such as a panther or wolf, ensuring that they convincingly communicate with human language and emotion via performance capture, and are able to stand up to real scrutiny in richly complex dramatic scenes. So hang on in there… This is truly next generation storytelling, and it will be the real deal.”
The official UK release date is October 19, 2018.