Though he is best known as an actor, Serkis does have directing chops too: He served as a second unit director on
The new "Jungle" film is based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 short-story collection, fables of the orphan boy Mowgli who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The film is said to explore life-and-death issues, with a darker tone closer to Kipling's original stories than the well-known Disney animated version, which was released in 1967.
Serkis, whose credits also include Jackson's "King Kong" and
As "Jungle Book" director, Serkis fills a void left by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel"), who left the project due to scheduling conflicts, and
The installation of Serkis as director marks a significant step for Warner Bros., especially considering that Disney has a competing live-action "Jungle Book" project in the works. Disney's version will be directed by