Two upcoming live-action film adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” are in the works, and the past two days has seen some news regarding both of them.
First up there’s the Warner Bros. Pictures version “Jungle Book: Origins” which mo-cap master Andy Serkis is slated to direct. Originally slated for an October 21st 2016 release, the film has now been pushed back a full year to an October 6th 2017 release. Warners has also moved the Gerard Butler-led environmental thriller “Geostorm” into that vacated 2016 slot.
That version is said to be the darker and more accurate to the book and adult-oriented version of the story. Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan lend their voices to the film.
The delay means the film will also open almost two years after Disney’s Jon Favreau-directed “The Jungle Book” film which opens October 9th 2015. That version stars Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, and Giancarlo Esposito.
In regards to that film, today has seen the release of the first piece of concept art (via CBM) which you can check out below: