GRAVITY Director Alfonso Cuaron is Helping With Andy Serkis' JUNGLE BOOK Movie
Deadline reports that Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron has come on board to help out with Andy Serkis' upcoming take on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The film, which previously went by the title The Jungle Book: Origins, has reportedly been changed to simply Jungle Book — a questionable decision if you ask me, considering how popular Jon Favreau's version has become in theaters across the world over the past few days. Cuaron isn't coming in to take over directing or anything like that — principal photography is already complete — but he'll be offering notes and suggestions on how the movie might be able to utilize the new time it finds itself with in the wake of its recent year-long delay.
The film was originally intended to come out on October 6, 2017, but it's been bumped all the way back to October 19, 2018, and Serkis — who is directing the movie and starring as Baloo — talked about how the delay will give them more time to master the movie's complex visual effects. Cuaron is one of the premiere directors at Warner Bros. and he worked extensively with VFX on Gravity, so it makes a some sense that the studio would call him in to offer some pointers at this stage in the game. But even with the delay and a stellar cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Naomie Harris, are audiences really going to want to see another adaptation of this story so quickly? What do you think?