A Live-Action Jungle Book Movie

Pathe and the BBC are teaming for a $50 million live-action movie based on Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” reports The BBC.

The story follows Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves who is kidnapped by monkeys and rescued by his animal friends, including Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. But when it comes to fighting the tiger Sher Khan, Mowgli must do that on his own.

BBC natural-history filmmaker John Downer (“Pride”), who has pioneered the technique of filming animals in the wild and then using CG to make it look as though they’ll talk, will direct.

Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle have adapted the book which will be very faithful to the original work. The book has previously been turned into film several times before, most notably the 1967 Disney Cartoon and the 1994 live-action film.

Shooting will take place in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India and in sets in the United Kingdom. Pre-production will begin in September and release will take place in 2009.