Warner Bros. Pushes ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ Back a Year to 2017

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Warner Bros. has moved the release of its live-action film “Jungle Book: Origins” back a year until Oct. 6, 2017 — nearly two years after Disney’s rival project opens.

Andy Serkis is directing and will also produce with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves and with Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner at his London-based production company the Imaginarium. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a young boy raised by wolves.

Disney’s “Jungle Book” opens Oct. 9, 2015, with Jon Favreau directing and Idris Elba voicing the tiger, Shere Khan. Kipling’s original stories were published in 1894 and are in the public domain.

“Jungle Book: Origins” is the first title to be dated for October 2017.

Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to “Jungle Book: Origins” in August as the voice of the villainous Shere Khan. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Jack Reynor will also provide voice work.

It is the first feature directing gig for Serkis, although the actor was a second unit director on two of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies, including the barrel chase scene in “The Desolation of Smaug.”

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  1. Laura Viney says:

    “nearly two years after Disney’s rival project opens” ?? I’m afraid rounding the time between April 2016 and October 2017 up to 2 years is a bit of a stretch.

  2. FoodFlav says:

    The Jungle Book tells the story of a boy named Mowgli, who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle. Can’t wait for this Movie to see on big screen :)

  3. Billy says:

    Not surprised. I just don’t see this working at all. Can’t imagine that Andy Serkis has any real sensitivity to such a project.

  4. Warner Bros decide that two movie with the same subject would cancel each other and decide to release their version when the original version came and gone to the DVD market.

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