Warner Bros. Planning Live-Action Jungle Book Project
04.28.12 by Chris
Continuing Hollywood's trend of dipping into the fairy tale source pool, Warner Bros. announced it is developing a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, with Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves writing and directing.
As a screenwriter, Kloves has a pretty impressive résumé. Kloves wrote all eight installments of the Harry Potter franchise and has writing credits on this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man and on the much-delayed Akira. But when it comes to his directing background, Kloves has only helmed two movies, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Flesh and Bone, two relatively small projects.
Of course, The Jungle Book is based on the Rudyard Kipling classic book about Mowgli, a human child raised by the animals of the jungle. The story has had several adaptations, including Disney's 1967 animated movie and 1994 live-action movie starring Jason Scott Lee. Kipling's book is now public domain, meaning anyone can adapt the material. Disney is currently in production on Oz: The Great and Powerful, based on L Frank Baum's novel The Wizard of Oz, also in public domain.
No release date was announced for the movie.