New Jungle Book Adaptation To Be Developed By Harry Potter Scribe Steve Kloves

When discussing The Jungle Book, most people think about the fantastic animated animated version from 1967, but the truth is that there actually is a halfway decent live-action version out there as well. Directed by Stephen Sommers, the Rudyard Kipling adaptation had a stellar cast that included Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, John Cleese and Jason Flemyng and actually did a great job of integrating real animals into the story. So why we would need another live-action version is beyond me, but that's just not how Hollywood thinks.

Deadline has learned that Steve Kloves is currently in the midst of make a deal to write, direct and produce a new version of The Jungle Book . While the original book by Kipling was actually a collection of stories set in the jungle, the three most famous stories followed a young man named Mowgli who was raised by wolves. Kloves, who has been writing since the mid-80s, has some great titles on his resume, including The Fabulous Baker Boys and Wonder Boys, but found serious success when he began writing the scripts for the Harry Potter franchise. Most recently he wrote the script for The Amazing Spider-Man, which arrives in theaters this summer. Should the deal be completed it will be the first time that Kloves has directed a film since 1993's Flesh and Bone. Warner Bros. is the studio currently developing the new Jungle Book, which makes sense due to Kloves' ties to the Potter movies.

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