Disney is getting ready to release a new live action take on The Jungle Book next week, but the studio isn’t the only one tackling this story. Warner Bros. is releasing its own Jungle Book movie, titled Jungle Book: Origins and directed by the wonderful Andy Serkis. This film was previously scheduled for an October 6th 2017 release. However, we now have to wait an extra year to see it.
Warner Bros. (via THR) has announced today that Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins will now be released on October 19th, 2018. This is a full year delay from its 2017 date. No official reason was given for this delay. Perhaps to add more distance from Disney’s film, which is currently receiving rave reviews?
However, Serkis shared the following post on Facebook. He says he’s “thrilled” about the delay, saying that it offers more time to perfect its groundbreaking motion capture work.
In addition to directing the film, Serkis will play Baloo the bear in Jungle Book: Origins. Also starring in the film are Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa and more. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.