Andy Serkis, best known for his motion-capture performances in films like The Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will take over directing duties for Warner Bros.’ Jungle Book movie. The original director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, Babel) has to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
This would be the directorial debut for Serkis, although he’s gained experience from working as second unit director on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.
This also isn’t the only live-action Jungle Book movie in the works. Disney has their own version greenlit, with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) in talks to voice the tiger Shere Khan.
Walt Disney’s 1967 animated Jungle Book may be the most recognized film version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. Live-action versions were also made in 1942 (starring Sabu) and 1994 (starring Jason Scott Lee).