Some novels will likely live forever and one of them is certainly Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story The Jungle Book. Already adapted twice theoretically by Disney, Deadline reported today that Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is in talks to direct a new adaptation of the story. After his work expanding the Marvel cinematic universe and a few other projects, Favreau and Disney are on good terms so it seems likely that this will play out as expected.
The most infamous version of this classic story is Disney’s animated 1967 film, which to this day entertains millions the world over. Less memorable was Stephen Sommers’ 1994 live action incarnation of the story. However this new version, to be written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), is going to be a little different, Favreau stated:
“I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements,” Favreau continued, “It is my first real family film since Elf, and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful.”
Though we can’t see Baloo stepping into a suit of armour anytime soon, that “mythic elements” could mean a variety of things. Disney is looking to film next year, so expect casting and crew announcements soon. Favreau has shown us a visually accomplished touch before and that should benefit the jungle and the many colourful characters of the source text. Still is it just us or did Favreau really miss a trick not quoting Kaa, “trust in me”.
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