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.
Actress come filmmaker Hannah Marks will direct the Fox 2000 feature film adaptation of Turtles all the Way Down. Marks is best known for her role in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and has been named as director on this adaptation.
The story of How to be a Woman is a memoir of Caitlin Moran’s life as she moves from adolescence in Wolverhampton to her adult life, while attempting to answer the questions every woman has asked herself while navigating these tricky life moments. The adaptation will be narrated by Caitlin Moran and star Louise Brealey (Sherlock) as Caitlin, Jeanette Percival as Caitlin’s sister Caz, and Clare Corbett as Caitlin’s mother.
The latest version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women will be the eighth adaptation of the novel, first published in 1868 and celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The adaptation is written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and produced by Amy Pascal (The Post), Denise Di Novi (Little Women 1994), Robin Swicord (Matilda), and Andrea Giannetti (Passengers).
This brilliantly written book is already an audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman himself – who could read the phone book and make it sound good.
Now, the BBC is bringing us an exciting new radio dramatization of Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Having previously dramatized other works by Neil Gaiman including Good Omens (his collaboration with Terry Pratchett) and Neverwhere, we have high hopes for this dramatization too.