Warner Bros. is putting even more distance between its Jungle Book: Origins and Disney's The Jungle Book.
The studio has moved Andy Serkis' adaptation of Rudyard Kippling’s classic tales from its original Oct. 21, 2016, release to Oct. 6, 2017. The Gerard Butler eco-thriller Geostorm in Origins' old slot.
A blend of of motion capture, CG animation and live action, Serkis' directorial debut stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan and Serkis himself.
Meanwhile, Disney's The Jungle Book, helmed by Jon Favreau, is on track to open Oct. 9, 2015. ComicBookMovie.com has posted the above concept art, which features Mowgli walking with Bagheera in a style reminiscent of their appearance in Disney's 1967 animated version.
Favreau's take features just one live-action performance, Neel Sethi as Mowgli, with the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o and Christopher Walken voicing computer-generated characters.