Andy Serkis to direct Jungle Book movie

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Motion capture ace Andy Serkis is reportedly the surprise choice to helm Warner Bros’ forthcoming Jungle Book movie – in what will be his directorial debut.

The BAFTA-nominated actor, best-known for playing Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings movies, will now go head-to-head with Iron Man director Jon Favreau, whose rival Disney adaptation recently added Idris Elba as its Shere Khan.

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According to Collider, Serkis replaces Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and his CG/motion capture expertise has played a key part in him landing the job. Serkis was previously second unit director on The Hobbit movies, and has also notched up impressive mo-cap turns in Tintin and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

According to Deadline, Warner’s adaptation has a script by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter movie writer Steve Kloves, who is producing.

Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved tale, about a boy raised in the wild by a variety of animals, is in the public domain – and therefore not subject to rights issues.

Disney previously set a high benchmark back in 1967 with their seminal animated version, which was a box office triumph and received rapturous reviews from critics.

Enjoy a trip down memory lane with a classic moment from that film:

Mark Butler

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Mark is the content manager for WOW247 in Leeds. When he isn't waxing lyrical about Ben Wheatley and Caravan Palace, he's writing about cult cinema, obscure horror movies and outlandish games.