'Harry Potter' Franchise Scribe to Write and Direct New 'Jungle Book'

April 27, 2012
Source: Variety

The Jungle Book

Now that he's adapted all seven of J.K. Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter books into a multi-billion dollar film franchise, writer Steve Kloves is ready to sit in the director's chair this time, but for a different adaptation. Variety has word that the writer is in talks to write and direct a new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. The last live-action take on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale came from Disney and starred Jason Scott Lee as an adult Mowgli and a supporting cast that included Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill and John Cleese. It's not clear how this new take will handle the source material though.

Coming from Warner Bros, I'd anticipate some sort of edgier, darker take on the story, but that's just speculation. Kloves clearly has a knack for crafting interesting stories for the big screen that adults and children can enjoy. Kloves hasn't directed a film since Flesh and Bone in 1993 and The Fabulous Baker Boys before that in 1989, but working with directors like Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates should have given him some great experience. Frankly, I'd like to see him take on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime sometime sooner than later, an adaptation the writer has been linked to for a few years now. Either way, seeing something non-Harry Potter related will be a nice change of pace.

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What happened to Jason Scott Lee?

Marc Callado on Apr 27, 2012


he cameos on the new Hawaii Five-O now and then.....

Jericho on Apr 27, 2012


he also had a cameo in "Balls of Fury" (a horrible movie btw)

JBrotsis on May 1, 2012


He's adapted all Harry Potter books except Order of the Phoenix. That was done by Michael Goldenberg. Just saying...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 27, 2012


Bad choise Previous jungle book film was awful, disney's anime is masterpiece, really don't need reboot or remake, work with animals is very hard decision(rise of planet of apes was exceptional) I think Tarzan is very better subject to reboot or remake, because the animals is less in that. But.... If they Wana do , I Wana something new , silence(minimum speak)with heavy special effect, exellent score(clint mansel,john powel,john ottman,dany elfman,...)I Wana full action/fast paced/with dark moments, I Wana best cinematic CHASE scenes in resent decade, I Wana another magnificent APOCALYPTO in depth of jungle, and I Wana it sooooooooooo bad!

Ehsan Davodi on Apr 28, 2012


+1 for Tarzan.

Max Renn on Apr 29, 2012


I agree...a new live action of Tarzan would be excellent. But since we're on the subject of live action movies involving the jungle and the animals that inhabit it....I would LOVE to see a remake of The Swiss Family Robinson that mirrors the book. Or hell, why not Robinson Crusoe!

JBrotsis on May 1, 2012


stream of consciousness typing with no punctuation and random capitalization

CreanhouseEffect on Apr 28, 2012


Steve Klose is EVIL

David Darida on Apr 29, 2012

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