Disney has announced release dates for a pair of pics and a slot swap for two others. The DreamWorks-produced Ghost In The Shell, which last week landed Scarlett Johansson as its lead, will hit theaters April 14, 2017. The studio also set the 3D remake of its 1977 film Pete’s Dragon for August 12, 2016.
Meanwhile, Disney has pushed the release of its Jon Favreau-helmed redo of The Jungle Book out of 2015. The 3D pic with an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Johansson had been set for October 9 but now will open April 15, 2016. It trades dates with The Finest Hours, the Chris Pine-Casey Affleck-Eric Bana ocean-rescue tale, which now will arrive October 9.
The moves put the 3D Ghost In The Shell into an as-yet-unoccupied slot and pits Pete’s Dragon against the Lionsgate comedy Bad Grandpa, Sony’s raunchy toon Sausage Party and Universal’s thriller Spectral. The live-action/VFX Jungle Book will face off with Universal sequel The Best Man Wedding and Sony’s kids-book adaptation Goosebumps. The Finest Hours goes up against Relativity thriller Kidnap and New Line’s remake of Vacation.
Warner Bros has its own adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic jungle tale in the works, which the studio is calling Jungle Book: Origins and has slated for October 6, 2017.