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More for Serkis' film

By Robert T. Trate     August 20, 2014
Source: E!

The Jungle Book arrives October 9th, 2015.
© Walt Disney

Late Tuesday night, news surfaced that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) was cast as the voice of Shere Khan. No, this wasn’t for the Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) film that is currently in production at Disney. Cumberbatch was cast in Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins. Serkis will direct the feature for Warner Brothers. 

The cast has now ballooned into an incredible collection of actors that will give Disney’s update a run for its money. Jungle Book: Origins will also feature Christian Bale (as Begheera), Naomie Harris (as Nisha), Cate Blanchett (as Kaa), Tom Hollander (as Tabaqui), Peter Mullan (as Akela), Eddie Marsen (as Vihaan) and Serkis will play Baloo.

The film will arrive at theaters Oct. 21, 2016. Under Serkis’ direction, the movie will employ a mix of motion capture, CG animation and live-action. Disney’s version will arrive on October 9th, 2014. Check out the latest casting news HERE

This, of course, has happened before in Hollywood. Volcano vs. Dante’s Peak, Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, and more recently Olympus Has Fallen vs. White House Down. Why they must compete against one another with similar stories and technology is beyond me. Jon Favreau’s version has the mouse behind it with a ton of muscle and nostalgia. Can Andy Serkis mount and suitable defense? He is the king of motion capture and thus far has the cast to pull it off. October 2016 will be a strange month as a ton of actors will running around dressed as animals. 

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KungPow 8/20/2014 1:08:53 PM

 Why do we have two of these going?  I don't even want to watch one of them.  

RobertTrate 8/20/2014 2:09:28 PM

 WE don't. Warner Brothers and Disney DO. 

monkeyfoot 8/20/2014 2:17:56 PM

I think the Serkis version is supposed to be darker in tone while the Disney is well, Disney.

ElBaz13 8/20/2014 2:31:04 PM

 Good lord. It's Marvel vs DC. (WB vs Disney)

Please, one is enough. 

Daybreak0100 8/20/2014 9:27:26 PM

 Serkis all the way.. Haha 

HarryTuttle 8/21/2014 7:37:38 AM

  The Jon Favreau version for Disney is coming out in October 2015 not 2014 but that still leaves a full year between these two releases, not a matter of a few months like the other examples given.

blankczech 8/22/2014 10:47:02 AM

 This is a perfect example of why it was important for Disney to purchase Marvel and Lucas.

So many of Disneys characters / stories (like Tarzan, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) are in the public domain.

Any studio can make movies based on these characters / stories / fairy tales as long as they don't borrow / steal from the unique aspects of the re-imagined / altered Disney versions.

Purchasing Marvel and Lucas Films gives Disney exclusive rights to a treasure trove of familiar characters and their myths.





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