Director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful) is in early talks with Warner Bros. to helm the studio’s new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Scripted by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter series) this live-action adaptation centers on an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle by wild animals. While it’s a top priority for WB, it’s also a direct competitor for Disney’s own planned take on the public domain property, one that will be directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Disney has set that picture to release on October 9, 2015. Iñárritu is mostly known for his serious dramas – with the exception of his upcoming comedy, Birdman – making him about as different as you can get from Favreau. Both directors are highly competent, but it will be interesting to see how the varying tones and timbres color the films. (Via Deadline)
Release dates for a few promising upcoming films have been announced. Briefly:
- Disney’s sure-to-be CGI-filled sequel Alice in Wonderland 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.
- Disney has also set a release date for director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which joins the box office apocalypse of 2015 on October 9, 2015.
- The closest release date comes to us by way of director Ron Howard’s real-life drama Heart of the Sea, which has been dated by Warner Bros. for release on March 13, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned properties.
New reports have Jon Favreau (Iron Man) in negotiations to helm Disney’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The 1894 novel is currently in public domain and screenwriter Justin Marks is currently working on a draft. Disney, who previously adapted the property in the 1967 animated classic and the 1994 Stephen Sommers’ live-action film, is looking to start production as early as next year. Hit the jump for more, including a comment from Favreau himself.
Disney is heading back into the jungle. The studio is moving forward with a live-action reboot of the classic Rudyard Kipling story The Jungle Book, which Disney of course previously adapted for the 1967 animated film. Heat Vision reports that Justin Marks (The Raven) has been hired to pen the script, which focuses on an orphaned boy named Mowgli who is raised by animals in the Indian jungle. This is actually not the only live-action Jungle Book film in the works, as Warner Bros. is developing a take of its own with Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves writing and directing. Kipling’s book is in the public domain, so the source material is basically up for grabs. Hit the jump for more.
After spending the last decade writing all but one of the feature film adaptations of the Harry Potter series, it’s understandable that screenwriter Steve Kloves took a bit of a breather following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The Wonder Boys scribe did an incredible job penning adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s series that were faithful to the spirit of the books, yet different enough that they felt fresh and exciting. Kloves had flirted with the idea of penning an adaptation of The Stand with Harry Potter director David Yates post-Potter, but the two ultimately decided the gig wasn’t for them and subsequently bowed out.
Now comes word that not only is Kloves penning a live-action iteration of The Jungle Book, but he plans to direct the project as well. Hit the jump for more.
Chernin Entertainment is near a deal to acquire an untitled pitch by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless after a bidding war. Deadline neglects to offer a logline, but describes the story as “a futuristic Jungle Book.” I am not sure how literally we’re meant to take the comparison, or even what the evolutionary Mowgli looks like. Maybe he is raised by space wolves?
Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark of Chernin Entertainment will produce alongside Gore Verbinski and John Krauss of Blind Wink. Sazama and Sharpless are also working with Verbinski on the live-action adaptation of the board game Clue. Their first produced credit is still on the horizon, but in recent years Sazama and Sharpless have been tasked with a Missile Command, Flash Gordon, and Dracula Year Zero. In case it’s relevant, I have included a synopsis of Rudyard Kipling’s book after the jump.