According to Deadline, Jungle Book has been pushed back from its October 2017 release by full year. The movie is now scheduled to release on October 19, 2018. This decision puts some much needed space between it and Disney’s adaptation of the same name.
Director Andy Serkis explains, “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.”
Additionally, Wonder Woman has been moved from June 23 to June 2, 2017. This moved her away from Paramount’s next Transformers movie. Instead, she will be competing with against Sony’s Bad Boys 3 and Fox’s Captain Underpants.
As far as Universal goes, their change involves Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. While only moving one week earlier to November 10, 2017. This frees it from being buried under Justice League: Part One. Now the movie only has to deal with the remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Something tells me they are aiming at different demographics.