Director Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book adaptation is no longer titled The Jungle Book: Origins. The film is now going by the title Mowgli. The adaptation is written by Callie Kloves and stars Rohan Chand as the title character, with Serkis giving a motion-capture performance as Baloo.
Tilting the film after Rudyard Kipling’s protagonist moves the film closer to its working title (Mowgli: Tales from the Jungle Book) and helps differentiate it from the live-action Jungle Book that Disney released in 2016.
The Hollywood Reporter notes the film is slated for release on Oct. 19, 2018 and “will offer a ‘darker’ take on the source material than [Jon] Favreau's 2016 offering or the animated Disney classic from 1967.”
Mowgli will not have to worry about the proposed Jungle Book sequel from Favreau being competition for its jungle-based market because the latter was tabled in order for the director to tackle the live-action Lion King film slated for 2019.