Jon Favreau in Talks to Open 'The Jungle Book' for Disney Pictures
Over the summer, we learned that Walt Disney Pictures was looking to create another live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's classic short story collection The Jungle Book. Though the more famous version is the 1967 animated musical, there was a live-action version from the studio in 1994 starring Jason Scott Lee as an adult Mowgli along with Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, Lena Headey and John Cleese in supporting roles. Now THR has word that Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens and Elf director Jon Favreau is currently in talks to direct the project after taking time to make a small independent project called Chef away from the studios.
Justin Marks is still writing the script, and as we wrote before, that doesn't inspire much confidence since he wrote Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. However, Marks 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. Again, remember that Warner Bros. might also be trying is get their own take off the ground with Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves adapting the book and maybe directing (the book is public domain, so anyone can adapt it freely). But if Disney is already lining up a director, they might win this race back to the jungle, even without any producers on board.