Well, I remember the days when a high profile or highly anticipated film was due to release, we'd see a resembled second film within the year. Need an example? "Dante's Peak" was released in February of 1997 and was followed by "Volcano" in April of 1997. Both films shared a very similar main event, a devastating volcano eruption. Another example would be "Deep Impact" releasing in May of 1998 and then followed up with "Armageddon" in July of 1998. In this similarity, the films both shared devastating rocks headed for Earth. The second films were able to lock up bigger stars in order to compete with the first released films.
Rudyard Kipling originally wrote the fictional book "The Jungle Book" in 1894 and has been made into both animated and live action features since. In 1967 Disney did their first animated work on the Jungle Book story. Prior to Disney's animated feature was a live action narrated "Jungle Book" in 1942 which was not produced by Disney. In 1994 Disney too tried their shot at a live-action version in "The Jungle Book" starring Jason Scott Lee.
We are going to have a similar experience within 2 years of each other, first Disney in 2016 and second Warner Bros in 2017. First in 2016 we'll get the Jon Favreau directed "The Jungle Book" which will be backed by Disney, the home of Jungle Book as we know it. Scarlett Johansson, a Jon Favreau friend and an awesome and frequently used tool for his projects, will be voicing Kaa the villainous hypnotizing snake. It won't be the same hearing Johansson's beautiful voice behind such a creepy character. Idris Elba will be playing the voice of the main villain Shere Khan, the ferocious man-eating tiger. Bill Murray will be playing the voice of Baloo, Mowgli's best friend and lovable jungle bear. Christopher Walken will voice the musical King Louie and Ben Kingsley will voice Bagheera. Neel Sethi, a young and inexperienced young actor will be playing the role of Mowgli. This cast is awesome, and there is quite a bias for a Disney product for what I've always associated with Disney. It will be a tough pill to swallow to see Warner Bros push a Jungle Book story out.
"Jungle Book: Origins" is already a problem for me. First, it's Warner Bores doing it. Another issue is the bold arrogance that people will have such an interest that based on the title, they seem to have plans for multiple films. "Origins" wouldn't make a good subtitle if there were plans for a one-shot. However, having to put my bias aside, let's take a peek at the 2017 project.
The director of "Jungle Book: Origins" will be first time director Andy Serkis who's been made famous by his motion capture work on such films as "Lord of the Rings" as Gollum, in "King King" as Kong, and lately the new Planet of the Apes films as Caesar. I get nervous when someone is taking on a big film for their directorial debut, but Andy Serkis has been working behind and in front of cameras for a very long time now. I think he might have more CGI or motion capture experience than any director in Hollywood, so it would seem to me, after digging under the surface, that Serkis could end up with a film for his directorial debut that he specializes in. Like Disney's version, Warner Bros has put together a stellar cast for the project. First off Serkis will not just be directing, but starring in the film as Baloo. Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, and Rohan Chand as Mowgli. Rohan Chand was the young boy in "Lone Survivor" and while has much more experience than Jon Favreau's Mowgli, there isn't a whole lot in his filmography.
I am anticipating Disney/Jon Favreau's version much more at this time, but the wild card here for Warner Bros is Andy Serkis. Serkis could be a heavy hitter in the motion capture heavy film. Andy Serkis, the sole hope to me for Warner Bros version, and while he's a mad genius with motion capture, nostalgia jerks me toward Disney and it might be too difficult a road to travel for him.