Andy Serkis to direct The Jungle Book

21 March 2014

Oooo-oooh, I wanna be (mo-capped) like you-ooo-ooo...

Andy Serkis is set to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book for Warner Bros, it has been confirmed.

The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit star will make his directorial debut adapting Rudyard Kipling's classic fable.

Serkis has previous relevant experience assisting Peter Jackson on The Hobbit as a second unit director.

Warner Bros are embarking on a Deep Impact/Armageddon scenario, as this project will be directly completing with another live-action version of the Kipling story, set to be directed by Jon Favreau. Idris Elba has signed up to play villainous tiger Shere Khan for that adaptation.

No casting has been announced for the Warner Bros version, although with motion-capture veteran Serkis at the helm, it wouldn't surprise us if the director donned a mo-cap suit and played a CGI animal.

Serkis owns his own motion capture production company, and as well as Gollum, the actor has also portrayed CGI-assisted characters in King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, TinTin and more.

[Source: Variety]