Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins' will be released Oct. 21, 2016

By Benjamin Mazzara,

Jungle Book: Origins, Andy Serkis' 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous children’s book, is slated for release on Oct. 21, 2016, according to Warner Bros.’ United States office.

For the uninformed, Comingsoon.net recounts that Kipling’s 1894 book features a variety of stories staged around animals, with the most famous of which features the classic tale of an Indian boy named Mowgli raised by the animals of the jungle. This story, of course, was adapted into Disney’s previous animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Serkis’ film is not the only film to be made about Kipling’s book with Disney planning to release The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau and featuring a cast with Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben Kingsley and newcomer Neel Sethi. Favreau’s film is slated to release a full year earlier, on Oct. 9, 2015.

No casting announcements have been given for Serkis’ film.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the film's only announced competition for the 2016 weekend is an untitled Blumhouse horror film from Universal Studios.

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