Andy Serkis's Jungle Book: Origins pushed back to 2017
The new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which is to be directed by Andy Serkis, has seen its release delayed by more than a year.
The film, which is titled Jungle Book: Origins, is being directed by Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, with Callie Kloves writing the script and her father Steve Kloves producing.
It was due to be released in October 2016, but will now come out a full year later in October 2017. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the delay is not a sign of production troubles or a move to combat another release, it is simply to give Serkis more time to work on effects and develop the film.
In Serkis's new adaptation, Christian Bale will voice the role of Bagheera the panther, with Cate Blanchett as Kaa the Python. Peter Mullan will voice the part of Akela, leader of the wolfpack, with Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan voicing other wolves in the pack. Tom Hollander is also in the cast, voicing the role of Tabaqui the jackal, while Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the film's villain, the tiger Shere Khan.
This is the second adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book to be announced in recent months. Already in production is a new Disney adaptation, with Jon Favreau directing and Idris Elba voicing Shere Khan. Also confirmed to lend their voices are Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.
Disney's version is still set to be released on October 9th, 2015.