Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel," "21 Grams") has dropped out of talks to direct the new live-action "The Jungle Book" adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Based on Rudyard Kipling's classic India-set 1894 short-story collection, 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.
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.
Scheduling conflicts have been given as the reason for Inarritu's departure, with the project now an open directing assignment. Callie Kloves penned the script while Steve Kloves will produce.
The project isn't to be confused with a rival project in the works at Disney which Jon Favreau is attached to direct.