According to THR Disney is in the early stages of developing a live-action Jungle Book movie. The studio has already turned Alice in Wonderland into a hit, and has Maleficent and Cinderella on the horizon, so it was only a matter of time before The Jungle Book got the same treatment, especially as the story is now public domain.
No directors or producers are attached to the project, but the studio has hired Justin Marks, who recently wrote The Raven for Mark Wahlberg and Universal, to work on the script. The writer also worked on an early draft of a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney.
Warner Bros. is also developing their own version of The Jungle Book with Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves. That project was announced over a year ago, so it’ll be interesting to see which one gains momentum.
Disney previously turned The Jungle Book into an animated movie in 1967, and we’ve seen various other adaptations over the years. The Jungle Book is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894 and tell the story of “man cub” Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther.