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After just learning that Disney was sending their new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book to theaters in 2015 with Iron Man and Elf helmer Jon Favreau directing, a competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel is making progress at Warner Bros. Deadline has word that the studio is in early talks with Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to be at the helm. This project first surfaced back in April of 2012 with a script from Harry Potter franchise writer Steve Kloves, and now it has legs again. If you're wondering how this is possible, Kipling's book is in public domain, which means the rights don't need to be purchased in order to adapt the story into a feature film or other medium. It's unclear which project will get off the ground first, but unlike other competing projects like next year's Hercules battle between directors Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, »

- Ethan Anderton

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