There has been a slight change to Andy Serkis’ forthcoming Jungle Book: Origins. The title of the Warner Bros. project based on Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories officially has changed to Mowgli, Deadline has confirmed.
Slated to open on October 19, the film follows the titular character, who is raised by wolves as he follows the rules of the jungle and keeps company with a flighty but lovable bear named Baloo and a wary, protective panther named Bagheera. The film will have a different, darker tone than Jon Favreau’s smash 2016 adaptation and stars Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan and Tom Hollander, with Rohan Chand as Mowgli.
Serkis’ adaptation, written by Callie Kloves, originally was slated for a 2016 date close to Favreau’s but since has shifted. As Deadline exclusively reported, Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron gave notes on the project to see if there are ways to take the extra time to improve the picture, which will be a combination of live action and motion-capture performances.