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Guys, we have a real Toby (meaning very similar movies, getting developed at the same time) on our hands. A month ago, we learned that Disney signed Jon Favreau up to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book, and now Deadline reports that 21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñarrítu is in early talks to adapt the Rudyard Kipling novel for Warner Bros. Not sure if two Jungle Book movies would be considered the bare necessities or mother nature's recipes, but at least your kids will shut up for three hours and you can forget about your worries and your strife. »
- Jesse David Fox
Noah: The trailers for Darren Aronofsky's Noah have showed off its impressive scale, and now new images provide us with closer looks at the characters and action. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins star; the movie floods into theaters on March 28, 2014. [The Playlist] Warcraft: Ben Foster, who makes a very strong impression in this month's Lone Survivor, will star alongside Dominic Cooper in the fantasy adventure Warcraft. Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is directing the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game; Foster and Cooper join Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton. The movie is scheduled for release on March 11, 2016. [The Wrap] The Jungle Book: Even as Disney prepares a new, family-friendly...
- Peter Martin
The 21 Grams director is in line for a new live action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, reports Deadline.
Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves will produce the movie, with his daughter Callie making her screenwriting debut.
The Jungle Book was published in 1894, based on Kipling's experiences of India.
Disney famously released its animated movie in 1967. A live action film followed in 1994.
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"Babel" and "Amores Perros" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has entered discussions to helm a new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic India-set 1894 short-story collection "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
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.
Kipling's work is in the public domain, thus allowing multiple adaptations to be considered. Inarritu's will likely skew more adult and darker. »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros moving ahead with live-action Rudyard Kipling film, even though a similar project is under way at Disney
• Disney to make live action Jungle Book
• Why I love ... The Jungle Book
The live action version of Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure would be Iñárritu's first putative blockbuster, though he has regularly shot in English – notably 21 Grams and the upcoming Birdman, a comedy starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton.
However, this live-action Jungle Book, written by Harry Potter's Steve Kloves and back by Warner Bros, is facing serious competition in the shape of a similar project from Disney, which earlier this year was reported to have attached Iron Man's Jon Favreau as director. Disney recently confirmed an October 2015 release date for their movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
Kipling's exceedingly popular tale. 21 Grams and Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The two-time Oscar nominee, who had his first success with Amores Perros, is better known for directing adult dramas but his latest - Birdman with Emma Stone and Edward Norton - is a comedy. »
★★★★☆Whether it be Bambi (1942), The Jungle Book (1967) or The Lion King (1994), almost everyone has a favourite Disney animation from their childhood that still holds up on repeat watches. A terrific combination of a heartwarming story, effervescent animation and memorable musical numbers, Frozen (2013) has the potential to be that film for this generation, and is easily one of Disney's strongest features in recent memory. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, Frozen tells the story of Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristin Bell), sisters and heirs to the northern kingdom of Arendelle.
- CineVue UK
The story centers on an Indian boy named Mowgli, who was raised by wolves and lived among the animals in the jungle. It first appeared in magazines in 1893-94 and was written by Rudyard Kipling. Walt Disney made an animated film centering on the boy in 1967 and a live-action film in 1994. They are currently working on another unknown reboot with Jon Favreau directing and Justin Marks providing the screenplay.
Alejandro González Iñárritu previously directed 21 Grams and Babel. His next project is a comedy titled Birdman and stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
No production schedule has been released. »
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Biutiful and the upcoming Birdman with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton) might be heading to the jungle. According to Variety, the director is in negotiations to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. The site says Inarritu is "very intrigued" by the property, however the studio wanted to talk with him first to make sure he's the right man for the job. We could be seeing two different adaptations of »
- Jesse Giroux
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is in talks to direct Warner Brothers' live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book. This is, indeed, a completely unexpected and bizarre move but "el Negro" Iñárritu might follow up Birdman, which just wrapped production, filming the adventures of Mowgli from a script by Callie Kloves. Steve Kloves, writer of seven Harry Potter films, is producing what it looks like Warner Bros' answer to Disney's new The Jungle Book movie, recently offered to Iron Man director Jon Favreau. Because the book is in the public domain, two live-action adaptations from Hollywood could hit the screens around the same time. As soon as Warner confirms Iñárritu as the director of their The Jungle Book, we'll let you know....
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The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.
Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young »
- Lindsey Bahr
It feels like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wants to branch out. After four films of varying degrees of bleakness, in "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" (none of which, it should be said, are without their hopeful qualities), the Mexican filmmaker has switched streams, with his next film, "Birdman," being an all-star comedy about an actor best known for playing a superhero. But his ambitions don't stop there, as it seems like Inarritu could be heading for the tentpole world, with a new version of a classic story. According to Variety, the director is circling a new take on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale(s) "The Jungle Book," which is set up at Warner Bros. The new live-action take is being produced by Steve Kloves, who wrote all but one of the "Harry Potter" movies, while Kloves' daughter Callie will make her screenwriting debut penning the script. This isn't the only »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is "eyeing his first big tentpole feature," as Variety reports, I can't help but wonder what good will come of it. Yes, Rudyard Kipling's public domain classic "The Jungle Book" is one of the great pieces of globally accessible literature, the original fodder for the 1967 Disney animated classic starring Mowgli and the Wolf pack that raised him from a baby in the jungle along with the panther Bagheera and Baloo the bear. Shere-Khan is his Tiger nemesis. And Warners is no doubt crunching "Life of Pi"'s global numbers. Meanwhile Disney has approached Jon Favreau to possibly direct their live action "Jungle Book” movie. But "The Jungle Book" also spawned a cheesy 1994 Stephen Sommers movie starring Jason Lee. Yes, Gonzalez Inarritu's buddy Alfonso Cuaron worked well with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing from Callie Kloves' script, on Warners' blockbuster "Harry »
- Anne Thompson
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
In a bizarre but potentially fascinating match between a filmmaker and material, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is in early talks to direct “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. With Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel in the public domain, it serves as the basis for two rival projects — the WB movie written by Callie Kloves and a Disney movie that Jon Favreau will direct from a script by Justin Marks. Frequent “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves is producing WB’s version. Also Read: Jon Favreau in Talks to Direct Live-Action Adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book »
- Jeff Sneider
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.
Jon Berg is overseeing for WB.
Gonzalez 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 under way at once.
Universal and »
- 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 Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing. 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 »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu may be the one to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' The Jungle Book; an adaptation of the book by Rudyard Kipling, reports Variety. Steve Kloves, scribe of the Harry Potter franchise, is scripting the film which follows Mowgli, a young boy raised by animals in the Indian jungle where he makes pals with a bear (Baloo)and an an over-protective panther called Bagheera, who guard guard him against a vicious tiger called Shere Khan. Jon Favreau is in talks with Disney from last month for their adaptation, and it will be interesting to see which of the two turns out better. »
Hollywood loves a good clash of films about the same subject, and when there’s a property in the public domain where anyone can have a crack at it, you just know there’ll be sixteen different versions in development. Okay, so in this case it’s two, but with Alejandro González Iñárritu entering early talks to direct a live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros., the battle of the Books is on.Warners is clearly keen on this one, as it has Harry Potter script veteran Steve Kloves at work on the screenplay. He’s fashioning Kipling’s tale of orphan boy Mowgli raised by animals into a brand new tale that Iñárritu – better known for films such as Babel and Biutiful – is considering making.The studio is no doubt spurred by Disney's decision to attach Iron Man veteran Jon Favreau to its version, »
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