Alejandro to adapt The Jungle Book?

5 December 2013

Kipling's exceedingly popular tale

21 Grams and Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The two-time Oscar nominee, who had his first success with Amores Perros, is better known for directing adult dramas but his latest - Birdman with Emma Stone and Edward Norton - is a comedy.

Newcomer Callie Kloves has penned the script, and Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves is set to produce but little else is known about the production.

Disney also has a live-action Jungle Book adaptation in the works with Iron Man’s Jon Favreau in talks to direct and a planned release date of October 2015.

Kipling’s 1894 book, whch features a moral tale of a young boy lost in the jungle, is in the public domain so is up for grabs for any studio to adapt.

Source: Deadline