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Disney Planning Live-Action Jungle Book Remake

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Disney is looking to reboot The Jungle Book with a live-action adaptation of Richard Kipling’s classic collection of tales.

Word is that Disney is currently on the hunt for a director, while the film’s script is being penned by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li).

The new version is said to once again focus on the “mancub” Mowgli, who’s raised by wolves and befriends a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera.

However, Disney isn’t the only one with its eye on the jungle. Warner Bros is also working on an adaptation of its own version of the story, for which the rights are public. Steve Kloves (The Fabulous Baker Boys, screenwriter for the Harry Potter series) is writing and will direct Warner’s version.

Disney’s most famous adaptation of the story was released in 1967. It was the last film produced by Walt Disney himself, who died during production.

The Jungle Book will join the trend of Disney films being given the live-action adaptation, including Sleeping Beauty and the upcoming Cinderella.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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