Staff Writer@Chessirose Warner Bros. is currently in talks with director Ron Howard regarding directing and producing a live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Howard recently came to the picture after previous director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (director of Babel), had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. If negotiations pan out, Howard will team up with fellow producer Brian Grazer, and work from a screenplay written by Callie Kloves (the daughter of screenwriter Steven Kloves – known for his adaptations of the Harry Potter books). The Jungle Book is perhaps most well known in its animation form, which was made by Walt Disney. Disney is also making a live-action version of the Jungle Book with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing. Kipling’s story is in public domain so both Warner Bros. and Disney are allowed to take on the adaptation. Howard is not known as a family director, he tends to pursue movies with historical significance. The last family film Howard made was How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and prior to that, Willow (1988). Whether or not The Jungle Book will be Howard’s next directorial effort remains to be scene; he is currently in post production on an adaptation of In the Heart of the Sea, and is slated to direct Inferno – the third part of the Da Vinci Code franchise, as well as Mena – true story about pilot Barry Seal who smuggled contraband for the CIA and Medellin cartel.
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