So in the latest of live-action remakes of classic animated films, Disney is now planning on a remake of their beloved 1967 movie, The Jungle Book.
This will follow on the coattails of Disney’s other live-action reboots such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Maleficent.
As we all know, The Jungle Book is based off of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 novel which follows the life of the orphan Mowgli who grew up in the Indian jungles with his beloved animals.
Since Disney’s original The Jungle Book, there has been several other films based off this iconic tale, including a sequel, The Jungle Book 2, which was released in 2003 and made $135 million. A live-action version of the story was released by Disney in 1994, and only managed to pull in $43 million at the box office, but we are sure that this version will do much better, despite losses with the company’s latest film, The Lone Ranger.
Currently screenwriter Justin Marks is penning the script, with the film in pre-production and with Disney still searching for a director.
Now to add a twist to this story, it turns out that Steve Kloves is also writing and directing a live-action The Jungle Book for Warner Bros., and with the material public domain, both Warner Bros. and Disney could release live-action versions of this story. There isn’t much known about the Warner Bros. version, so Disney might speed up production in order to get their movie out first, although they still have a long ways to go.
Which company would you prefer to produce a live-action version of The Jungle Book? Do you think that The Jungle Book will even adapt well for live-action?