Trailer Park Tuesday: ‘Mowgli’ Goes Way Dark and More

The new trailer for Andy Serkis’ Mowgli takes The Jungle Book story to a very dark and dangerous place, while Johnny Depp tries to solve the infamous murder of The Notorious B.I.G. in City of Lies. Here’s a roundup of some recent trailers…

MOWGLI (OCT. 19)

I remember when Disney announced they were doing a live-action version of their The Jungle Book, it was also announced that Andy Serkis, best known for his mo-cap work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Planet of the Apes franchise, would also be helming a version of the classic Rudyard Kipling story. Guess it took awhile to get it all together, but we now finally have our first glimpse – and it’s definitely is NOT your happy Disney version. Instead, with an all-star cast voicing the animal characters – including Christian Bale as Bagheera; Serkis as Baloo; Cate Blanchett as Kaa; and Benedict Cumberbatch as the truly terrifying looking Shere Khan – it looks like Mowgli is heading down a darker path. Even though I also thoroughly enjoyed Jon Favreau’s Disney take, I’m kind of excited about Serkis’ menacing vision. Here’s the trailer…

CITY OF LIES (SEPT. 7)

Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker team up to tell the story about why the murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. has been unsolved for two decades.

Here’s the official synopsis: “Based on the true story of one of the most notorious and unsolved cases in recent time, City of Lies is a provocative thriller revealing a never-before-seen look at the infamous murder of shortly following the death of Tupac. L.A.P.D. detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) has spent years trying to solve his biggest case, but after two decades, the investigation remains open. “Jack” Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies. Relentless in their hunt, these two determined men threaten to uncover the conspiracy and crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. and an entire city.” Could be interesting, especially to see Depp be in a serious movie again. Check out the trailer…

PAPILLON (AUG. 24)

Judging from the trailer, I’m not all that enthused about this one, mostly because it isn’t really necessary to remake the 1973 movie, which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Nonetheless, here we are because as we all know, it’s hard to think of original material.

The official take: “Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books Papillon and Banco, the film follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.” Watch the trailer and judge for yourself…

DOWN A DARK HALL (AUG. 17)

This looks like it might be creepy YA fun, if it gets a least darker than the Twilight movies. Based on the novel, the story centers on Kit (hey, I love it when they use my name for a character; it’s rare!), played by AnnaSophia Robb, “a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.” Ahhhh… check out the trailer.

THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS (AUG. 17)

Finally, this raunchy trailer, which came out last week, gives us an entirely new view of Muppets – and let’s just say, it ain’t pretty. The official synopsis: “No Sesame. All Street. The Happytime Murders is a filthy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic puppet television show. It also stars Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, and Elizabeth Banks. Here’s the red-band trailer, and be fair warned, it’s not for the Muppet faint of heart.

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Kit Bowen has turned her extraordinary passion for all things entertainment into a long and varied career. For over 15 years, Kit has been an online entertainment journalist, reporter and film critic. On the whole, Kit just thinks of herself as a walking IMDb, is defined by how many times she's seen Jaws and will give you her theory on how Game of Thrones will end.

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