Ron Howard is in talks to both direct and produce the live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1894 short story collection "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Set in the jungles of India, the story centers on an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends a bear and a black panther as he spars with a ferocious tiger named Shere Khan.
Howard will replace "Babel" helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who dropped out last month due to scheduling conflicts. Howard will also produce though his Imagine Entertainment banner.
Callie Kloves, daughter of "Harry Potter" series screenwriter Steve Kloves, has penned the adaptation. The project is not to be confused with the rival version in the works over at Disney which Jon Favreau is set to helm.
Howard is in post-production on "In the Heart of the Sea" and remains attached to both the drug cartel drama "Mena" and the Dan Brown adaptation "Inferno".
Source: Heat Vision