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.
In addition to Harry Potter, Kloves did some work on the scripts for the live-action Akira remake and this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Variety reports that he’s in talks with Warner Bros. to write and direct a live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, The Jungle Book. This wouldn’t mark Kloves first time as a director, as he previously helmed 1989’s The Fabulous Baker Boys and the 1993 pic Flesh and Bone.
No details are given as to what Kloves’ take will entail, but I’ve been a big fan of all of his scripts so far. Moreover, Harry Potter isn’t a bad franchise to cut his teeth on before helming a large-scale adventure pic of Kloves’ own. In the event that you were deprived of an actual childhood, The Jungle Book tells the story of an orphaned boy raised by animals in the jungle. The story has been adapted to film many times, most famously by Disney as an animated feature in 1967 that gave us the wonderful little diddy below: