I’m usually not into the whole reboot business – because, you know, let sleeping dogs lie – but Disney seem to be the trailblazers for it at the moment and I’m not mad at all.

Aladdin, Dumbo and The Lion King are all upcoming reboots following in the footsteps of 2016’s The Jungle Book – which, although I was first sceptical about – was absolutely brilliant, led by an all-star cast of  Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken.

(Walken as the giant King Louie was a bit comical but I still enjoyed it.)

But if you thought the whole Jungle Book saga was done and dusted you’d be wrong, because Netflix are jumping on the bandwagon with their own version of the classic tale with Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

And thankfully, they’ve released the first full trailer, which promises a much darker, grittier twist on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic book.

Check it out below:

I actually think this looks better than the Disney version.

The film essentially tells the story of Mowgli, who when threatened by Shere Khan, must return to the world of man for his own safety.

However, when he is captured by local villagers, the transition from one world to another proves more difficult than first imagined.

It’s worth mentioning how incredible the cast is too ; The Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis is both directing the film and playing Baloo the bear, while Christian Bale plays panther Bagheera, Cate Blanchett is the duplicitous snake Kaa, and Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the menacing tiger Shere Khan.

And we know all know how great Cumberbatch is as a voice actor from his incredible performance as Smaug in the Hobbit trilogy.

Speaking about the project, Andy Serkis said:

“I wanted to make an emotional version of this story, which has already been told many times.

“I wanted to explore being an outsider. Being dislodged, being other. It is a hugely contemporary idea that could do with exploration.”

Reports suggest that the acquisition is one of Netflix’s most costliest purchases ever, but don’t worry if you don’t have an account – it’s been announced that the film will be shown in a limited number of cinemas for a short time only.

Netflix will be bringing Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle to the big screen in a limited release on 29th November, ahead of its global debut on the streaming service on 7th December.


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