“Babel” and “Amores Perros” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has entered discussions to helm a new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic India-set 1894 short-story collection “The Jungle Book” at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera. They also encounter a tiger adversary named Shere Khan.
The story has been adapted several times for the screen, most notably as the 1967 animated film and again in 1994 as a live-action feature starring Jason Scott Lee, Lena Headey and Cary Elwes.
Callie Kloves penned the script while Steve Kloves will produce. The project is not to be confused with a rival adaptation of ‘Jungle Book’ currently in development at Disney.
Kipling’s work is in the public domain, thus allowing multiple adaptations to be considered. Inarritu’s will likely skew more adult and darker.