Category: Jungle Book: Origins

Andy Serkis praises Cate Blanchett’s work in “Jungle Book”

Andy Serkis praises Cate Blanchett’s work in “Jungle Book”

Good morning! Andy Serkis, director of Jungle Book, (formerly known as Jungle Book: Origins) set for October 2018, gives us some news on the motion-capture animated movie.

MOTION capture expert Andy Serkis says that Cate Blanchett is “phenomenal” in his coming version of The Jungle Book.
The Aussie two-time Oscar-winner plays the snake Kaa in the version being directed by Serkis, alongside fellow Oscar-winner Christian Bale as panther Bagheera, and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the villainous tiger Shere Khan.
Serkis, most famous for his playing Gollum in the Lord Of the Rings trilogy, is still working on the film using his state of the art technology and this month had his LOTR co-star Blanchett slithering around on the floor in a motion capture suit.
“I was working with her a couple of weeks ago,” Serkis said. “You should see her — and one day you will. You will some amazing footage of her doing just that and it’s phenomenal.”
Serkis, the world’s premiere motion capture expert thanks to his work as Gollum, King Kong and Caesar the chimp in the Planet Of the Apes trilogy, says that it’s now easy to attract A-list talent to what was once seen as a gimmick, with actors excited by the possibilities it presents.
“There is a sense of actors wanting this,” he said. “Philosophically it offers you so much. Your career can go on and you can keep expanding and changing into different things and you can play anything. When you have had a long career like Cate or Benedict Cumberbatch or Christian Bale, to then have the ability to go ‘wow, there is this whole other world where I can play all these different things’. You can play a panther or tiger and fully embody it — not just stand in a booth and do a voice but to really become it and own it. It is a phenomenal 21st Century tool for an actor.”

via News Australia

Photo in the top image from 2006: complete photoshoot here

Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins pushed back to 2018

We have to wait a year more to admire Cate Blanchett’s Kaa.

What with all the hullabaloo about Jon Favreau and Disney’s effects-filled take on The Jungle Book, which arrives here next week, you might be forgiven for forgetting that Andy Serkis has been working on his own version. But if you were excited by that prospect, you’re going to have to be even more patient, as Warner Bros. has moved Jungle Book: Origins back a year to 2018 in a new round of schedule shuffling.

The movie has already seen one release date change, and had the disadvantage of arriving a while after Favreau’s film. But perhaps a further shift will actually be to its advantage, allowing memories to cool and comparisons to dim. After having worked extensively on the Hobbit trilogy as a second unit director, he’s stepping up to using this as his full directorial debut, having recruited the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hollander, Matthew Rhys andNaomie Harris to provide the performance capture for the various animals, and playing Baloo himself.

The Jungle Book adaptation is shifting to October 19, 2018.

via Empire Online

Jungle Book: Origins Shifts To 2017

The Jungle Book: Origins, Warner Bros.’s version of the Rudyard Kipling stories, has seen its release date pushed back by almost a year.

The studio has moved the opening date from Oct. 21, 2016 to Oct. 6, 2017.

It hasn’t abandoned that time, however, for at the same time, Warners has moved Geostorm, an environmental thriller starring Gerard Butler, into that Oct. 21 date.

Warners is competing with Disney on live-action Jungle Book adaptations, with the Disney project, currently in production with Jon Favreau at the helm, swinging to an Oct. 9, 2015 date.

Warners’ version is still in the early development stages with Andy Serkis attached to direct.

Sources say that the initial date was more of a placeholder than a firmly planted release date. There is a growing trend in distribution circles of grabbing dates and using them as temporary berths for movies before these cinematic souffles are fully baked.

The new date also gives additional time for Serkis and co. to further work on the special effects-heavy project.

The move not only puts some time and space between Disney’s movie, but it also puts some distance between it and the studio’s other jungle-swinging movie, Tarzan. The latter also opens on July 1, 2016.

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Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett Join ‘Jungle Book: Origins’

Good news! New project for Cate! Via THR:

Warner Bros. has cast an entire zoo’s worth of actors for its adaptation of The Jungle Book, which Andy Serkis is directing.
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan are joining Benedict Cumberbatch to star as the animal characters in the feature. Rohan Chand, the young actor who starred opposite Jason Bateman in Bad Words, will star as the human boy Mowgli.

Serkis will also take on a role.

Callie Kloves wrote the script, adapting the Rudyard Kipling short stories, while her father, Steve Kloves, the screenwriter who wrote seven of the Harry Potter films for the studio, is producing with Jonathan Cavendish. The movie will employ a mix of motion capture, CG animation and live action.

Jungle Book centers on Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends members of the animal kingdom who help him grow up. Serkis will play Baloo the bear, and Bale will voice Bagheera, a fearsome panther, both of whom save Mowgli from the killer tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) and teach him the law of the jungle.

Blanchett will voice Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli, while Hollander will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.

Mullan will be Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Harris is the female wolf Nisha, while Marsan is her mate, Vihaan.

With the casting now complete, Warners’ Jungle Book is ready to go ape-to-ape with Disney, which is also mounting a live-action/CG hybrid with Jon Favreau in the director’s chair.

Jon Berg and Cate Adams are overseeing the project for Warners.

Jungle Book is a rare move for Bale (WME, Bloom Hergott), who last voiced a character in the English translation of Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Blanchett (CAA, RGM Artist Group) voiced one of the key characters in this summer’s How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Harris (UTA, Untitled Entertainment, the U.K.’s Tavistock Wood) portrayed Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, while Hollander (UTA, 42) appeared in Muppets Most Wanted and has voiced many characters in American Dad!

Marsan (the U.K.’s Markham Froggatt) appears on Showtime’s Ray Donovan and was seen in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Mullan (ICM Partners, Markham Froggatt) appeared in Hercules.
Chand is repped by Paradigm, Coast to Coast Talent and Myman Greenspan.