Date-Title Changes: Jungle, Spongebob, Papillon

Andy Serkis’ “The Jungle Book: Origins” at Warner Bros. Pictures has officially been retitled and will now be called “Mowgli” after the story’s main protagonist.

Serkis’ film offers a darker and closer to the source material adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous 1894 collection of short stories. Serkis helms the film which opens October 19th 2018.

That’s not the only date and title change revealed today. Paramount Pictures has confirmed that they have pushed back the next “SpongeBob SquarePants” movie by a year.

Currently going by the title “The SpongeBob Movie,” it was originally slated for August 1st 2019, it will now open July 31st 2020. Paul Tibbitt returns to helm the film which follows the 2004 first film and 2015’s “Sponge Out of Water”.

Additionally, Paramount has delayed Johnny Knoxville’s theme park comedy “Action Park” from March 23rd to May 11th. Tim Kirkby directs the film in which Knoxville and his friends have designed and will operate a theme park.

Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Alexandre Moors’ war drama “The Yellow Birds” starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston.

Saban is planning a theatrical release in Spring 2018 for the film about two young soldiers who navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling.

Also today, Bleecker Street has announced they have bought U.S. distribution rights to director Michael Noer’s remake of famed 1973 penal-colony drama “Papillon”.

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in the new take which premiered in Toronto, with a 2018 release being targeted. A more specific date is expected to be announced soon.

Source: Heat Vision & Variety