Which Live action The Jungle Book movie adaptation is more faithful to Kipling's novel? I always heard some claims that Disney animated film was not a faithful adaptation and made more into kid friendly movie than novel has ever been.

But what about the live action version, The Jungle Book (2016) and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle(2018)?

Which one is more faithful to the novel?

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    King Louie is exclusive to the Disney versions. That alone puts efforts such as Mowgli ahead.
    – J.G.
    Dec 10, 2018 at 15:26
  • Must the answer choose between the 2016 and 2018 versions, or can the answer be broadened to other, earlier live-action adaptations?
    – vsz
    Dec 10, 2018 at 17:48
  • @vsz that can work as additional value but I don;t want to make it too broad
    – Ankit Sharma
    Dec 10, 2018 at 19:03

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According to Screenrant, it's Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is now available on Netflix, and it will undoubtedly be compared to Disney's live-action Jungle Book movie, which was directed by Jon Favreau. Several years ago, Serkis aimed to tell the definitive version of Mowgli's story, a character from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book novels, which have been comprised into the collection All the Mowgli Stories. It took many years, but it's now out and available to audiences worldwide.

Even though Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle earned some brutal reviews, it's a decent story and an ambitious take on the iconic Jungle Book character. Despite the unevenness in its story, Netflix's Mowgli is a much more accurate adaptation of Kipling's Jungle Book novels than any other mainstream movie adaptation in the past, which primarily means Disney's animated Jungle Book movie from 1967 and Favreau's live-action Jungle Book movie from 2016.

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