Jon Favreau in talks for Jungle Book film

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 November 2013
Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau

'Iron Man' director Jon Favreau is in talks to helm the new upcoming 'Jungle Book' film, a live-action version of the animated classic

Jon Favreau is in talks to direct the new live-action version of 'The Jungle Book'.

The 'Iron Man' director is in talks with Walt Disney to take on the job for the upcoming film based on the classic children's stories by Rudyard Kipling.

It tells the story of an orphan boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives in the jungle among the animals.

Favreau told "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 is excited at the possibility of bringing Mowgli and chums to life and believes his experiences on the 'Iron Man' franchise.

He added: "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."

Favreau will join Justin Marks who has been hired to adapt Kipling's classic tale for the big screen.

The movie marks Disney's third trip into Mowgli's world.

On top of the studio's beloved1967 animated classic, Disney also released a live-action version of 'The Jungle Book' in 1994, starring 'Hawaii Five-0' star Jason Scott and 'Monty Python' actor John Cleese.

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

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