Wonder Woman release date moved up, WB’s Jungle Book delayed
In the wake of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. Pictures has moved up the release date for their Wonder Woman solo movie from June 23, 2017 to June 2, 2017. While the move up may seem like a vote of confidence, it could also indicate trouble for Sony’s Bad Boys 3, which was also slotted for June 2 along with the animated film Captain Underpants. Recent comments by Bad Boys 3 producer Jerry Bruckheimer to Deadline could indicate there are still hurdles for the Joe Carnahan-helmed threequel.
“We have to get the script in,” said Bruckheimer of Bad Boys 3. “Once we get that, we’ll make a lot of decisions.”
In another move, Warners has pushed back its Andy Serkis-directed Jungle Book: Origins a whole year, from October 6, 2017 to October 19, 2018. That’s a big move, which many would read as a way to further distance it from Disney’s rival Jungle Book, which opens next weekend and is earning rave reviews. Serkis himself took to Twitter to applaud the move:
Most mysteriously, Warners has dated two untitled DC Cinematic Universe movies for October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. There’s no telling what these films could be, whether they are the much-hyped Ben Affleck-directed Batman solo film, a Superman solo adventure, or something else. An untitled WB event film is now also slated for October 6, 2017, taking over the date from Serkis’ Jungle Book.
Starring Gal Gadot as the title hero, Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead). Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic story, Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Jungle Book: Origins stars Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Rohan Chand in the live-action roles, rather than joining those doing the performance capture for the animals as Serkis himself did in the “Apes” and “Lord of the Rings” movies. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Jack Reynor and Tom Hollander make up that performance capture cast. The prequel film is written by Callie Kloves with Serkis directing and co-producing with “Harry Potter” screenwriter Steve Kloves.