Despite the fact Walt Disney has a similar project in the works, Warner Brothers are moving ahead with a big-budget live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu is set to direct.
Backed by Warner Brothers, the screenplay has been written by Harry Potter’s screenwriter, Steve Kloves. The film will be Alejandro’s first ever blockbuster, although he’s no stranger to challenging projects; he’s the man behind the likes of Babel and 21 Grams.
Most of you will be familiar with the Disney animated classic The Jungle Book, but the source material actually comes from a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. First published in magazines in 1893-94, the stories revolve around a young boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther.
A live action adaptation of The Jungle Book would seem a daunting task, were the people involved not clearly capable. And they’re not the only ones to have had the idea. They face serious competition from Disney, who have already confirmed that their own live-action The Jungle Book will be released on 15 October 2015.
The issue here is that Kipling’s stories are in the public domain these days. No one studio can own them exclusively. Both studios will simply have to work hard and hope their film is the most profitable. If you recall, in 2012 two adaptations of Snow White were released in the form of Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Are you looking forward to a live action version of The Jungle Book? Which adaptation will be the most financially lucrative?