Warner Bros. just altered its schedule, giving "Jungle Book: Origins" another full year, and moving Gal Gadot's "Wonder Woman" movie up three weeks, possibly to give it a head start over "Transformers 5," which ended up taking the original date.
As TheWrap reported, "Jungle Book" was going to come out on October 6, 2017 but it now has a release date of October 19, 2018. "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins and co-starring Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen, is moving from June 23, 2017 to June 2, 2017.
Andy Serkis, still probably best known for his amazing motion capture acting and voice work, is actually directing "Jungle Book: Origins," which stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Serkis himself.
Serkis reacted to the schedule change on Facebook -- long story short, he's relieved:
I've got to say that personally I'm absolutely thrilled that Warner Brothers have changed the delivery date of Jungle...
Posted by Andy Serkis on Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Here's the full text of his post:
"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!"
What will take the place of "Jungle Book"? As Deadline reported, "Untitled WB Event Film" is slated for that old October 6, 2017 spot, and a pair of "Untitled DC Films" are set for October 5, 2018, and November 1, 2019.
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