Jon Favreau To Direct Disney’s “The Jungle Book”

November 6, 2013

Disney is currently in talks with director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) to helm THE JUNGLE BOOK, a new adaptation of the 1894 Rudyard Kipling novel, which is a priority project at the studio.

“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,” said Favreau. “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.”

Screenwriter Justin Marks (The Raven) will turn in a draft of the script shortly, and the studio hopes to start production next year.

Disney previously turned The Jungle Book into the classic 1967 animated film and a 1994 live-action feature helmed by Stephen Sommers.

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