Warner Bros Pictures unveiled a slew of release dates today and shifted a pair of high-profile pics. Jungle Book, which had been set for October 2017, has been pushed to October 19, 2018, and Wonder Woman now will bow three weeks earlier, on June 2, 2017, rather than June 23.
Jungle Book director-star Andy Serkis explained that film’s move in a Facebook post this morning:
The shift also puts more distance between Warner Bros’ pic — which had been titled Jungle Book: Origins — and Disney’s Jon Favreau-directed The Jungle Book, which hits theaters next weekend.
Wonder Woman had been slated to do battle against the fifth installment of Paramount’s multibillion-dollar Transformers juggernaut. The DC Comics stand-alone pic now will face off against Sony’s Bad Boys 3 and Fox’s kids book adaptation Captain Underpants.
Meanwhile, the studio teased an “Untitled WB Event Film” to take the old Jungle Book slot on October 6, 2017, and a pair of “Untitled DC Films” are set for October 5, 2018, and November 1, 2019. Fanboys and box office watchers, start your speculating.