Rush (2013) director Ron Howard is in talks to direct and produce Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, that tells the story of a boy, Mowgli, who is raised by animals in the Indian jungles. The live-action film by Warner Bros earlier had Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on board, but he left the project due to a reported scheduling conflict.
Callie Kloves has written the screenplay for The Jungle Book, based on a story from an 1894 collection of Kipling. Kloves is the daughter of Steve Kloves, who wrote all of Warner Bros. Harry Potter films and is on board to produce The Jungle Book.
Set in the jungles of India, the story centres on Mowgli, an orphaned boy who is raised by wolves. During his stay in the wild, he befriends ‘Baloo the bear’ and ‘Bagheera the black panther’ as he spars with the ferocious tiger Sher Khan.
Disney is also coming up with its own live-action adaptation with Jon Favreau at the helm. They made an animated film on the book in 1967. Kipling’s story is now in public domain, hence both the studios can adapt it.