If you’re a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book then you’ll be pleased to learn that a new film adaptation is set to be released later this year on Netflix. The film is being directed by Andy Serkis, who’s best known for providing the motion capture for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and sees a star-studded cast coming together to bring Kipling’s book to the big screen.
The film will use CGI for the animals and Rohan Chand has been cast in the role of Mowgli. Christian Bale will provide the voice of Bagheera, Cate Blanchett is Kaa the Snake, Naomi Harris voices Nisha the Wolf, Andy Serkis will be Baloo the Bear, and Benedict Cumberbatch will lend his voice as the evil Tiger Shere Khan. The first full trailer has been released and it looks very enjoyable.
The film has been in development for sometime, before Disney’s recent live action version, and was originally set to be released in cinemas before it was bought by Netflix earlier this year. It will now show in selected cinemas on December 7 and will also be available to watch on Netflix’s streaming service.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.