Warner Bros Adds Alfonso Cuaron to ‘Jungle Book: Origins’

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As Disney enjoys huge success with their new take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Warner Bros. is bringing on new talent to their in-the-works adaptation, titled Jungle Book: Origins.

Two-time Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón, director of Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men and Gravity, has been brought on to provide assistance on the adaptation, the feature directorial debut for actor Andy Serkis.

Deadline reports that Cuarón, who is being brought on in an uncredited capacity, will “give notes on the project and see if there are ways to take the extra time to improve the picture.”

Warner Bros. recently announced that they would be delaying the release of Jungle Book: Origins by an entire year, pushing it from October 2017 to October 2018. With Disney’s version currently doing big business, it’s only natural Warner Bros. want to give it a bit of time before offering audiences their version. On top of that, the studio now has a longer period to tweak the CG-heavy picture. Production is reportedly finished, but there’s still a ton of post-production work to be delivered.

The film will feature voice work from Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew Rhys. Director Serkis is also playing Baloo, the part that Bill Murray took in Disney’s version.

Despite WB waiting a while longer to unveil their Jungle Book, there’s still always the possibility they’ll be running into Disney again very soon. Disney is already moving ahead with a sequel, with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks in talks to return in the same capacity.