Jon Favreau is currently in talks to direct a new live-action version of The Jungle Book for Disney. Deadline has reported that Favreau is in negotiations to helm a new adaptation of the 1894 Rudyard Kipling novel. The project is said to be a priority for Disney.
Screenwriter Justin Mark is writing a draft, with plans to get production started as early as next year.
Here’s what Jon Favreau told Deadline regarding The Jungle Book:
“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. 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 would certainly have a healthy relationship with Disney, after having directed both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 for the studio. Considering how much money those films brought in, it’s no wonder the studio has their eyes on him to direct.
Disney previously adapted the property in the 1967 animated classic and the 1994 Stephen Sommers’ live-action film.
Favreau’s next project is Chef, a modestly budgeted indie which he wrote, directed, produced and stars in. Chef is due out May 9th, 2014.