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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Believe it or not, it sounds like Warner Bros. is still going forward with their own Jungle Book film, previously known as Jungle Book Origins. Now, thanks to a new announcement from Warner Bros., we know the film has a brand new title: Mowgli.

In addition to the new title, we also have a brand new synopsis for the flick, and although we have yet to see a single still frame of it, it’s hard not to get a real feeling of déja vu.

Check out the synopsis below:

“Blending live action and performance capture, the story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often-harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. The other story’s central animal characters are: Kaa, the snake (Cate Blanchett); the leader of the wolf pack, Akela (Peter Mullan); the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui (Tom Hollander); Nisha, the female wolf (Naomie Harris), who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan (Eddie Marsan); and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf (Jack Reynor).”

Of course, those who have seen Disney’s The Jungle Book will recognize that as almost the same exact premise. This isn’t a huge surprise given that they’re both based on the same source material, but we can’t help but feel a little bit disappointed at how little they seem to have changed from the book, compared to Disney’s take.

That being said, I’m not one to dismiss this yet. Serkis himself is a great talent, and given how different of an approach they’re taking with how they’re filming it, I’m hoping for something truly unique in the execution. Plus, every storyteller is different, and you can literally take the same outline, hand it to five writers, and end up with five completely different stories. With that in mind, I’m hoping this one is different enough.

What do you think of the new title and synopsis? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Warner Bros.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Nobody wants a non-Disney Jungle Book. Too bad Serkis didn’t choose a more original film to do. Oh well.

  • WTFITBS

    Some studio must have throw away money to finance this half assed idea.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.