Disney delays the release of The Jungle Book to 2016
Disney's new live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic children's book The Jungle Book has been delayed by over six months.
The film, which is being directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, was due to be released on October 9th this year, but will now come out on April 15th in 2016. No reason has been given for the delay.
Favreau's film features Idris Elba voicing the part of villain Shere Khan, with Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o voicing Kaa and Raksha. Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito are also lending their vocal chords to the film, with young newcomer Neel Seethi playing Mowgli.
Bill Murray is also confirmed to voice Baloo The Bear and will indeed be singing the 'Bare Necessities'.
Ironically, the other film based on The Jungle Book, which is titled Jungle Book: Origins and is being directed by Andy Serkis, was also delayed recently. It was due to be released in October 2016, but will now come out a full year later in October 2017.
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.