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.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!
The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.
Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?
Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!
A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.
The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.
The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!