Disney moves back The Jungle Book, Announces More 2016 Release Dates

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Disney has made some adjustments to its movie release calendar and announced release dates for a couple upcoming films. Shakeups like these happen all the time, but a delay usually means early previews of the film weren’t playing quite as intended and the movie is being reworked a bit. That’s actually a good thing, Disney doesn’t want to release a movie with a flaw in the story.

Disney has decided to move it’s new CG-heavy version of “The Jungle Book” back to April 15, 2016. Taking its place on October 9, 2015 will be Craig Gillespie’s “The Finest Hours.” The Coast Guard high-seas rescue movie stars Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, and Holliday Grainger and is based on a true story.

Also scheduled for 2016 is “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake by David Lowery (rumored to be a non-musical) which will claim the August 12 weekend.

I hadn’t realized it yet, but Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake “Ghost In The Shell” with Scarlett Johansson is also being released by Disney as it is a Dreamworks picture. That has been given an April 14, 2017 date.

We haven’t even had the first film of 2015 and already 2016 is getting busy for Disney.