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“Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves penned the script.
The pic would be a live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book that followed Mowgli, an orphan boy who was raised by various jungle animals and protected from the ferocious Tiger, Shere-Khan.
Inarritu seemed very intrigued by the property but Warners wanted to first meet with him and make sure he was the right fit before offering him the gig.
The news comes at an interesting time as Disney has begun talks with Jon Favreau to direct their “Jungle Book” movie. Since the film is in the public domain neither studio has exclusive rights to it allowing for multiple projects to be going at once.
Universal and Relativity saw a similar face-off when they had competing Cinderella projects (“Snow White and the Huntsman »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Warner Bros is in early talks with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to helm The Jungle Book, a new version of the Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy raised in the wilderness by animals. This is one of the studio’s priority projects, with a script by Steve Kloves, who scripted the Harry Potter series for Warner Bros. It is not the only Jungle Book project in the woods either. Disney is moving along with its own live action version of The Jungle Book, recently hiring Elf and Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau to direct the film. The book is public domain, but as usual the first one to make it into production usually becomes king of the jungle. After a series of serious dramas including Amores Perros, Babel and 21 Grams, Inarritu took a turn toward comedy in his most recent film, wrapping Birdman. He’s also aligned to the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The battle to bring a feature film adaptation of The Stand to theaters continues to rage over at Warner Bros., and the studio recently made it known that they have a director in mind to helm the post-apocalyptic horror-fantasy, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. According to Badass Digest, Paul Greengrass, of the Bourne trilogy and this year’s Captain Phillips, is the studio’s first pick to direct the film.
Greengrass is certainly an unconventional choice for such an ambitious, fantastical project – the director is best known for depicting real-life events with a distinctive shaky-cam style. However, he certainly knows how to get audiences’ pulses pounding, so Warner Bros. tapping him to bring searing tension and suspense to The Stand is not an idea without merit.
The magical aspects of King’s novel would certainly constitute a change of pace for Greengrass, though perhaps »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stephen King may be among the most recognizable authors of the past few decades, but that doesn’t mean that film projects based on his works have it any easier. For example, Ron Howard’s take on King’s The Dark Tower series has languished in development hell for years, despite Howard’s insistence that the project has never faded away completely.
Now it appears that the big-screen adaptation of King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic thriller The Stand is facing similar difficulties on its way to the big screen. Director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves – the duo behind the last four Harry Potter films – was previously onboard the project, as was Academy Award-winning filmmaker (and future Batman) Ben Affleck. As ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Another one bites the dust. Should Warner Bros. even continue to attempt an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand? First, Harry Potter team Steve Kloves and David Yates were going to write and direct then that fell apart. Then Ben Affleck steps in only to leave to make more room for other projects, and now it seems that Scott Cooper is out as director as well. Insiders close to the project say that Cooper and the studio split over creative differences. Cooper was hired towards the end »
- Niki Stephens
Once a novel enters the public domain, there’s no stopping multiple studios from starting to develop new movie adaptations at the same time. Hence, we usually get progress updates on contemporary re-visitations of classic literature in clusters (see Snow White, Frankenstein and Pinocchio for recent examples).
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – a collection of short stories first published in magazine form in 1893-94 – is the latest case of this happening. Back in 2012, Warner Bros. tapped Steve Kloves – famous for writing seven of the eight Harry Potter movies – to both write and direct a live-action Jungle Book film adaptation, once again revolving ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Jon Favreau is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel “The Jungle Book,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. First published in 1894, “The Jungle Book” is in the public domain and was adapted by Justin Marks, though producers have not yet been assigned. Disney will be competing with a rival project that frequent “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves is writing for Warner Bros. Also Read: Another ‘Jungle Book’ Live-Action Movie In the Works as Disney Hires Writer “The Jungle Book” is a set of India-based fables, many of which feature Mowgli, »
- Jeff Sneider
Following early word of the project back in July , Deadline is reporting that Jon Favreau is in talks to helm Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book . The original Rudyard Kipling book was published in 1894 and includes, among a number of other animal-themed stories, the classic tales of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the jungle. Disney previously released an animated version of the film in 1967 and another live-action film in 1994. The latest take features a screenplay by Justin Marks. With Kipling's book well into the public domain, Warner Bros. has been developing their own live action version of the book with Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves providing the screenplay. Favreau's diverse range of credits »
Alex Kurtzman, one half of the writing duo that also includes Roberto Orci spoke with iamROGUE for the release of the Star Trek Into Darkness blu-ray and also touched on his work writing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. On TASM2, Kurtzman and Orci take over writing duties from Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves who penned the reboot. Addressing the sequel Kurtzman stated, "Well, it’s interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn’t answer them." There are quite a few fans around these parts that would probably say they disliked the film for that very reason but the reboot does have its fair share of defenders. Kurtzman added, "So part of what we were drawn to and intrigued by was wanting to know the answers to a lot of those questions. So the villains emerge »
Thursday’s announcement of the expanded partnership between J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. — inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — comes 14 years after the first formal agreement to launch the Harry Potter franchise.
Two years earlier, David Heyman’s London office had discovered Rowling’s first book. A chronology to a stunningly successful partnership:
1997: “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” published on June 30. Heyman begins efforts to secure the film rights. It would be re-named ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the U.S.
1999: Warner Bros. and Rowling agree to a deal for films based on the first four books.
2001: First Potter movie opens in November and grosses $974 million.
- Dave McNary
Scott Cooper made a splash with Crazy Heart and later this year he arrives with Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana among others and now he's looking at taking on something a little more mainstream and stepping in for Ben Affleck on the film adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand". With the announcement Affleck would star as Batman in Warner Bros.' Batman vs. Superman and the fact he also has David Fincher's Gone Girl and his own adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night now presumably on the backburner, there was no time for him to work on The Stand, which with the announcement Cooper is stepping in would suggest the studio is rather serious about getting it on the big screen. King's novel was last adapted into a six-hour ABC mini-series in 1994, which is currently available on Netflix Instant Play and stars Rob Lowe, »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. had been exploring other options at the helm, including Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, but, ultimately, the studio was still fond of Jaume Collet-Serra vision for this live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Ôtomo's beloved manga. The director not only found an opening in his schedule, but also found a different way to approach the movie and trim the $90 million budget, which is why production was halted in the first place. It isn't known what the new budget figure is at this time.
Steve Kloves and Albert Torres had previously worked on the script, but it isn't known if the studio had brought in new writers. Garrett Hedlund had been attached to play Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who »
Previously known as All You Need Is Kill, Doug Liman’s upcoming feature was recently rebranded with a new title, Edge of Tomorrow (which I have a feeling will probably play better in ad campaigns), with a very cool first teaser poster announcing the new name.
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for »
- Kenji Lloyd
Until now known as All You Need Is Kill, it looks like Doug Liman’s 2014 summer blockbuster has officially been retitled ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, and Warner Bros. have debuted a rather awesome first poster to prove it ahead of its appearance at Comic-Con this weekend.
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. »
- Kenji Lloyd
After a lacklustre Stephen Sommers directed adaptation in 1994, it appears that Disney is once again going to create a live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book, as part of a series of new reboots they have in the pipeline.
Of course, Disney also created the 1967 animated film (not sure how you can better that)...
Heat Vision reports that Justin Marks (The Raven) has been hired to pen the script, whilst Disney are currently searching for a director. The Jungle Book is accompanied by the Sleeping Beauty remake Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, as well as a second Alice in Wonderland film and a new version of Cinderella.
As the book itself is now in the public domain, no one studio has exclusive rights to adapt it, which is why Warner Bros. are also developing their own version. Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves is attached to write and direct. »
- Chris Cooper
Walt Disney Pictures have announced another live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book is in the works. After a host versions over the years, most famously it’s Disney’s 1967 animated classic that sticks out, while the most recent attempt came in the 1994 film starring Jason Scott Lee and directed by The Mummy and Van Helsing’s Stephen Sommers.
If the name Justin Marks doesn’t resonate, I doubt mentioning his most high-profile screenplay for martial-acts sequel Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-li will help. Still, Marks will indeed be the man tasked in penning the script for this reboot. How this effects Warner Bros. efforts in developing their own take with Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves adapting the book with a view to making it his directing debut, remains to be seen.
We’ll keep you posted as both projects develop.
- Craig Hunter
Studio to return Rudyard Kipling's tale to big screen – at same time as Warner Bros plans rival adaptation
The project is the second film based on Kipling's 1894 collection – which is out of copyright – to be announced. Rival studio Warner Bros is also planning a version, with Harry Potter's Steve Kloves working on the screenplay.
Variety reports that Disney's version will once again centre on the "mancub" Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. His friends include a bear, Baloo, and a panther, Bagheera, while the vicious tiger Shere Khan is among his enemies. Mowgli's story was just one of a number of morally toned fables in Kipling's tome, but Disney will overlook other chapters such as the story of heroic »
- Ben Child
The majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera.
They also encounter a tiger adversary named Shere Khan. Justin Marks will pen the script, no producers are yet attached.
As the property is in the public domain, Warners is developing its own animated adaptation with a script by "Harry Potter" series scribe Steve Kloves.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Fresh off the disaster that was The Lone Ranger, Disney is hitching themselves onto another property from roughly 100 years ago- Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” The Hollywood Reporter announced today that a live-action adaptation was moving forward, with Justin Marks writing the screenplay. Marks previously wrote a draft of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, which suggests he may be an ideal writer for such a big-budget adaptation. However, his screenplay for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li says otherwise. With any luck, The Jungle Book will resemble the former more than the latter. As of now, no other names have been attached to the film. Disney’s adaptation isn’t the only Jungle Book in the works, however. Kipling’s collection of stories is in the public domain, thus allowing anyone to have a go at it, and Warner Bros has a live-action version in the works with Steve Kloves (writer of seven of the »
- Adam Bellotto
The short-story collection was published in 1894, and the majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera. One of the adversaries that pops up several times is Shere Khan, a mean tiger.
No director or producer is attached at this time.
Source: THR »
- Philip Sticco
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