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It’s not too surprising when you hear that a classic story such as The Jungle Book will soon be told again through film. Classic works like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and Tarzan have been getting recent re-tellings on the big screen, and have become a bit of a trend over the past few years.
In this case however, The Jungle Book is getting two new additions. The first is a live-action version from Walt Disney Studios, to be directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Chef) and set to be released in Fall of 2015.
In the other corner, we have Warner Bros. making an effort to get its own live-action adaptation in the works. The script, penned by Callie Kloves is already finished, and is now looking to move forward in production.
THR has been told that Oscar-winner Ron Howard is in talks to direct Warner Bros’ version. Howard is currently in the post-production stages of his film Heart of the Sea, based on the real-life sea voyage that inspired the novel Moby Dick. According to sources, Warner Bros. wants Howard to move forward as both director and producer for their Jungle Book film.
With both Jon Favreau and Ron Howard both set to carry the future of The Jungle Book on their shoulders, who do you think will come out on top in the end? Will it be Favreau, since Disney is the go-to place for classic children’s retellings? Or could Ron Howard make a promising effort for Warner Bros.?
Sound off in the comments about which Jungle Book adaptation you’re looking forward to most, and why.
Disney’s version is set to hit theaters October 9th, 2015, and stay tuned for more info on the Warner Bros. version.
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/14/14 with a link to THR.