'Alice in Wonderland 2' and 'The Jungle Book' snag release dates
Alice in Wonderland 2
Disney laid claim to a number of far off release dates for some of their biggest upcoming properties on Friday.
The live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book will open on Oct. 9, 2015, while the Johnny Depp-fronted Alice in Wonderland 2 is set for a May 27, 2016 release.
Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau is gearing up to direct The Jungle Book, which Justin Marks is adapting, but little else is known about the project at this early stage except that it will be a re-telling of the classic Kipling tale of a boy raised by animals in the jungle. Disney previously adapted the story for the 1967 animated pic and as a live-action feature with Cary Elwes in 1994. The Favreau adaptation is currently the only movie scheduled for an Oct. 2015 release.
Alice in Wonderland 2 will re-team Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska as the Mad Hatter and Alice. James Bobin (The Muppets), however, will take over directing duties from Tim Burton. The first film hit theaters in March of 2010 and went on to gross over $1 billion worldwide. May 2016 is also largely unclaimed territory, aside from an untitled Disney/Marvel release planned for May 6, 2016.