Disney Plans Live-Action 'Jungle Book' Movie
Disney is slowly, but surely, remaking their classic animated movies into live-action ones. The latest to get such a treatment is The Jungle Book.
Rudyard Kipling's collection of short stories was previously turned into an animated movie back in 1967 by Disney, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is planning a live-action adaptation to be written by Justin Marks.
While The Jungle Book contains other stories, it is assumed the new movie will follow its animated sibling in focusing on the tales of Mowgli, a young boy who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. With the help of his jungle friends, the boy was able to defeat a tiger named Shere Khan.
Since Kipling's work is in the public domain, Warner Bros and Chernin Entertainment are both planning their own adaptations. Like Disney's, WB's version is also live-action and is to be written and directed by Steve Kloves. Chernin's version is a futuristic take on the tale.
In light of these competing projects, Disney will no doubt want to have its movie out first. No director is currently attached.