Mowgli (Rohan Chand) is torn between worlds in Andy Serkisā€™ take on The Jungle Book
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Two years ago, Disney rebooted its own beloved take on Rudyard Kiplingā€™s iconic novel with a CG-strewn re-imagining of its classic (and significantly lighter) animated adaptation. But now another adaptation of Kiplingā€™s story is on the way, with a much different, and altogether darker, take on the laws of the jungle.

Directed by Andy Serkisā€”fresh off appearances both with and without layers of CG effects over him in the likes of War for the Planet of the Apes, Black Panther, and Star Wars: The Last Jediā€”Ā the long-in-the-works Mowgli puts a greater focus on the life of the titular hero (played by Rohan Chand), exploring his place torn between human society and the animals that raised him.

Thereā€™s no bear necessities hereā€”this is definitely a much moodier take on Kiplingā€™s work than Disneyā€™s classic. And even as tired as ā€œdark takes on familiar storiesā€ is as a trend, thereā€™s still a lot of intrigue in how Mowgli will play out from a technical perspective, given Serkisā€™ own history with mocap acting and the impressive cast heā€™s assembled to inhabit the creatures of Kiplingā€™s jungle (Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Christian Bale star, just to name a few). If the trailerā€™s anything to go by, at least that will lead to some visual treats when Mowgli hits theaters October 19.

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Stay tuned to io9 to hear more from Serkis about his work on Mowgli later today.