1:01pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
MPC Confirms It Will Take On Visual Effects for Disney's 'The Jungle Book'
The Moving Picture Co. has confirmed the whispers that it will be serving as lead visual effects house on Disney’s upcoming The Jungle Book.
Jon Favreau is directing the live-action/CG adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story. An Oct. 9, 2015, release is planned. (Warner Bros. is also making an adaptation of The Jungle Book, with Andy Serkis set to direct).
Technicolor-owned MPC has been busy, after recently completing work on Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent. Upcoming credits include Exodus, Cinderella, Into The Woods, Frankenstein, Night at the Museum 3, Fast & Furious 7 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
MPC is headquartered in London and also maintains feature effects facilities in Vancouver and Montreal (as well as bases for commercial work in Los Angeles and New York). The company believes it could have up to 2,000 employed across these facilities by the end of the year.
Technicolor also recently acquired Toronto-headquartered VFX house Mr. X, which is focused on television work.