Now I’m not that really into the whole Disney animated films thing these days, but back in the day, that was a different story. Films like Pinocchio, Robin Hood, Snow White, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Jungle Book have stuck with me to this day. And on that note, it appears that we’re once again getting a Disney-produced adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1984 novel The Jungle Book. This time out, Jon Favreau is in talks to direct the film.
Speaking to Deadline, the actor/writer/director said,
“I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements. It is my first real family film since Elf, and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful.”
With The House of Mouse having released a 1967 animated movie and a 1994 live-action movie, Favreau is in the frame for this latest version of The Jungle Book due to his strong relationship with Disney. Favreau’s biggest work with the company is his directing gigs on Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Also on board, The Raven‘s Justin Marks is currently working on a script, and it’s hoped that production will begin early next year.
I’m not particularly sold on the idea of another version of The Jungle Book, but I’m a big Favreau fan, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Expect more on this as it becomes available.