Poor Andy Serkis. With all the hype surrounding Disney’s Jon Favreau’s helmed The Jungle Book, in Irish cinemas next week, it appears as though Andy Serkis’ version has found itself lost in the shuffle. The Jungle Book: Origins already had one release date change, with the latest hold up pushing it as far back as 2018. However, this latest push back may actually be a blessing in disguise. With 2 years now separating Serkis’ and Favreau’s versions, any possible comparisons will have eased off.
Having worked as the second unit director on The Hobbit trilogy, this will be Serkis’ full directorial debut. The acclaimed actor has already assembled quite the cast with Christian Bale, Tom Hollander, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris and Matthew Rhys all on board as well as Serkis himself as Baloo.
Serkis is seemingly delighted with the latest release date change. The actor took to his Facebook page to say; “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!”
The Jungle Book: Origins wasn’t the only casualty to suffer a date change, with Wonder Woman finding a slightly sooner release date in the US and two as of yet unknown DC Comics films scheduled for October 2018 and November 2019 releases. Expect another DC feature to fill Origins original release date of October 2017.