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Disney planning live action remake of The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Story by Jack Foley

DISNEY is planning a live-action remake of The Jungle Book, according to various reports.

The distributor has already found world-wide success with its animated take on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic collection of fables in 1967 but is looking to revisit the tale at the same time as rival company Warner Bros has announced a similar project.

According to both Variety and The Guardian, Disney’s version will once again focus on the “mancub” Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, and whose friends include Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, Bagheera.

The vicious tiger Shere Khan will once again line up among his enemies.

In book form, Mowgli’s story was just one of a number of morally toned fables in Kipling’s tome but Disney intends to solely focus on Mowgli.

Justin Marks is penning the screenplay.

Ironically, The Jungle Book revival follows two more classic Disney animated titles that are being revisited in live form: Sleeping Beauty (titled Maleficent and starring Angelina Jolie) and Cinderella, which is being directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Harry Potter‘s Steve Kloves is working on the Warner Bros screenplay.

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