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Behind the scenes video of Mowgli talks about its darker side

Last Updated: May 24 2018 14:51

HOLLYWOOD- After releasing the first Mowgli trailer video, Warner Bros have now released a behind the scenes video that highlights (and justifies) the film’s darker tone.

“We wanted to engage much more closely to the tone of the book,” director Andy Serkis says in a voice-over. “It’s not so much a child’s fairytale, it has a reality to it. This is very much drawn from (Rudyard) Kipling and has a much darker approach to the storytelling,” he continues, and, as if to drive the nail home, says, “There’s no singing and dancing from the animals, that’s for sure.”

The latest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved The Jungle Book stars Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Serkis himself as Bagheera, Shere Khan, Kaa and Baloo respectively.

Serkis stresses that he wants to break the ‘strong preconceptions about the characters and the story people might have from earlier.

Mowgli is scheduled for an October 19 release.