Andy Serkis to Direct Jon Favreau's THE JUNGLE BOOK

By Amirose Eisenbach March 22, 2014

Andy Serkis has become the king of motion-capture performance. He has helped immortalize such characters as Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Cesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Now the physical actor is going to try his hand at another cinematic feat; directing.

The project is Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book", and Serkis will be replacing director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who departed the production due to scheduling conflicts.

Serkis has obviously impressed Warner Bros. with his previous film work for them and many fans don't realize he's had a lot of work behind the camera already. Peter Jackson appointed him as the second unit director on "The Hobbit" trilogy. Serkis was the main overseer of that amazing barrel sequence we loved so much in "The Desolation of Smaug".

Callie Kloves penned the script, which is said to explore a much darker and grittier essence of Rudyard Kipling's original story. It seems like quite the departure from the magical animated film we grew up with and I'm very excited to see the film more in line with the way it was written.

Could we see Serkis do motion-capture for Baloo or Shere Khan perhaps? Only time will tell but he is certainly an inspired choice to helm the production.

Do you think Serkis is a good choice to direct this picture? Let us know in the comments section below!

"The Jungle Book" will hit AMC Theatres on October 9, 2015.

Source: Empire

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