Jungle Book: Origins pushed back a year

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 April 2016
Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins' movie has been pushed back a year to October 2018

'Jungle Book: Origins' has been pushed back a year.

Warner Bros. has announced Andy Serkis' upcoming live-action fantasy film will now be released in October 2018 after previously being slated to drop in October 2017, but the director is "absolutely thrilled" about the decision because it will give him and his team more time to perfect the movie.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Serkis wrote: "I've got to say that personally I'm absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of Jungle Book: Origins. The ambition for this project is huge. What we are attempting is an unprecedented level of psychological and emotional nuance in morphing the phenomenal performances of our cast into the facial expressions of our animals. We are breaking new ground with realistic non-humanoid animal faces ,such as a panther or wolf, ensuring that they convincingly communicate with human language and emotion via performance capture, and are able to stand up to real scrutiny in richly complex dramatic scenes. So, every minute more that we have to evolve the technological pipeline will make all the difference...the evidence is there already and it's off the chain exciting, so hang on in there...This is truly next generation storytelling, and it will be the real deal! (sic)"

Serkis' hotly-anticipated movie, which is based on 'The Jungle Book' novel by Rudyard Kipling, will see Rohan Chand play Mowgli, while the director will star as Baloo, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa and Naomie Harris will star as Nisha, among other big names.

Fans of Kipling's novel will not have to wait long for a film based partly on the tome as the Jon Favreau-directed 'The Jungle Book', which features Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Bill Murray as Baloo and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, among others, is to be released later this month.


  • 2019
  • UK/US
  • Directed by: Andy Serkis
  • Cast: Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander

Another live-action retelling of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, this time directed by Gollum himself, Andy Serkis.

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