Disney Planning Another Live-Action Adaptation of 'The Jungle Book'
Because The Lone Ranger and John Carter haven't taught Disney any lessons about reaching into the past for more classic big screen adaptations, the studio is developing another live-action take on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book. The film has seen several iterations, most famously the 1967 animated musical, and also the live-action version in 1994 starring Jason Scott Lee as an adult Mowgli along with Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, Lena Headey and John Cleese. Now the collection of short stories, originally published in 1894, are apparently still very popular, thus making them ripe for a film reboot. More below!
Though no producers are attached to the project yet, THR reports Justin Marks is penning the script. That doesn't inspire much confidence with Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li in his past, but the writer has also worked on an early draft of Disney's stagnant 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a feature adaptation of the short film The Raven, with Mark Wahlberg attached to produce and star. However, Disney might have to contend with Warner Bros. who is also developing their own take on the public domain stories with Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves adapting the book and maybe directing.
For those who may not be aware, most of the stories in The Jungle Book focus on Mowgli, a boy who was raised by wolves. His jungle companions include a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera with the biggest adversary being the deadly tiger called Shere Khan. There have been countless adaptations of this book, so it's surprising to see the property alive and kicking, especially following the box office failure of The Lone Ranger this past weekend. Anyway, we'll see how this shakes out down the road since the project is still in early development. Anyone interested?