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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Believe it or not, that Andy Serkis-directed take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is still happening. It may have been a couple years late to the game (especially after the amazing Jungle Book from Disney and director Jon Favreau), but it sounds like this one could very well set itself apart from Disney’s take.

As we already know, this film is called Mowgli, which is a great move that will keep audiences from getting too confused. But don’t think the differences end there. According to Screen Rant, the film has been rated PG-13 for “Bloody Images,” and it even comes complete with a darker take on Baloo, as director/actor Andy Serkis revealed on Good Morning Britain while discussing Black Panther.

“It’s quite fun being the villain, actually. Especially when finding ways to make the villain appealing in some ways and so, I mean, look, it’s all about the character. But you’ll see me being Baloo. He is quite nice.”

Upon saying that, one of the show’s hosts goes on to say how fun and pleasant this would have been.

“He is actually quite tough in this one. A dark Baloo. Mowgli that’s the one I’ve been directing which is coming out later this year.”

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SOURCE: Good Morning Britain (via The List), Screen Rant

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.