After Universal and 20th Century Fox issued new release dates today, Warner Bros. is getting in on the action by handing out an October 21, 2016 release date for The Jungle Book: Origins, which marks the feature directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
This adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel will go up against an unspecified horror project from Blumhouse Films on October 21, 2016. The movie will also hit theaters exactly one year and one week after Disney's The Jungle Book animated adaptation, which has Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito confirmed as voice cast members, with newcomer Neel Sethi playing Mowgli in the only live-action role.
The story centers on Mowgli, a young boy who lives in the woods and is raised by wolves. Rudyard Kipling's novel was written in 1894 and is in the public domain, which allows two rival studios such as Warner Bros. and Disney to pursue their own adaptations at the same time.
Andy Serkis signed on to direct back in March, working from a script written by Callie Kloves, the daughter of Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, who is serving as a producer. Casting has not yet begun for The Jungle Book: Origins.