Disney pushes back release date of new ‘The Jungle Book’ movie

3D adaptation features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson

Disney’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book is to open in cinemas six months later than originally planned.

The 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales, directed by Iron Man 3‘s Jon Favreau, had been set for release on October 9 this year. However, as part of a wider rejig of its release schedules, the Mouse House has now pushed The Jungle Book back to April 15, 2016.

Ten-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi will be the film’s only live-action actor, playing Mowgli alongside a menagerie of performance capture animals voiced by Bill Murray (Baloo the bear), Idris Elba (villainous tiger Shere Kahn), Lupita N’yongo (mother wolf Rakcha), Christopher Walken (ape King Louis), Scarlett Johansson (python Kaa) and Ben Kingsley (black panther Bagheera).

Although Disney’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book won’t be a musical, Favreau has recently revealed that it will feature Bill Murray singing ‘The Bare Necessities’. The much-loved song from Disney’s original 1967 version of The Jungle Book has been covered over the years by artists as diverse as Brian Wilson, Bowling for Soup and Julie Andrews.