Andy Serkis has said that his new film, the live-action remake of the Jungle Book, will not ignore all the dark elements that the jungle has to offer.
The English actor, best known for his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is to make his directing debut in the new Jungle Book remake. Serkis told The Hollywood Reporter: “I found it mesmerizing, and it transported me into this incredible world. It’s extraordinary that I’m getting a chance to bring it to the screen.”
The actor-director went on to say: “What I love about the screen adaptation by Steve and Callie Kloves is its very truthful to the original book; it doesn’t shy away from its darkness. The jungle is a Garden of Eden and a wonderful place for Mowgli to grow up in, but also is a place of fear and a place of threat.”