Can ‘Mowgli’ Sell MovieGoers on a Darker ‘Jungle Book’?

Variety | 4/24/2018 | Brent Lang
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Warner Bros. needs to convince moviegoers that they prefer their Kipling a bit darker.

The studio is faced with the unenviable task of following up Disney’s 2016 box office smash “The Jungle Book” with “Mowgli,” their own take on the “man cub” who was raised by wolves. Based on footage that Warner Bros. screened for theater owners on Tuesday at CinemaCon, they’re scrapping the “Bear Necessities” and remaining more faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s original stories.

Director - Andy - Serkis - Film - Darker

Director Andy Serkis promised that the film will be a “darker retelling” of the story that is far removed from Disney’s 1967 animated classic and more recent live-action version. Flanked by stars Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand, Serkis said the film will be an “epic story of a child becoming a warrior.”

The trailer made it clear that this is a...
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