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Disney's The Jungle Book hits theaters this weekend, but it shouldn't be confused with Warner Bros.' 2018 film based on Rudyard Kipling's original short story collection, which has changed its title from Jungle Book: Origins to simply Jungle Book.

Like many of the stories Disney has adapted for film and animation, The Jungle Book takes great liberties with the source material, so presumably WB's rendition will be truer to the source. That means no musical numbers.

WB's Jungle Book will be directed by Andy Serkis, who will also star as Baloo. The film's screenplay was written by Callie Kloves, who's got adaptation mojo in her blood: Her father is the writer that took on the gargantuan task of adapting the Harry Potter films for the screen.

Originally slated for 2017, Jungle Book's release date was recently pushed back a year to October 19, 2018. To make matters even more confusing, Disney recently announced that The Jungle Book 2 is already green-lit.

(Source: Den of Geek)


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