Warner Bros. Developing Their Own Jungle Book Adaptation, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu May Direct

In recent years we've seen double Truman Capote movies, double fuck buddy movies, double Snow White movies and double "Die Hard in the White House" movies, but now it's time to prepare for double Jungle Book movies. Following news from last month that Disney has hired director Jon Favreau to helm a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's famous book, Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros. is developing a version of their own. What's more, they're now in talks with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to direct.

The feature would be the first tent pole project for Inarritu, who has spent most of his career making crushing, bleak dramas like 21 Grams, Biutiful, Babel and Amores Perros. The new feature will bring to life the most famous story from Kipling's collection and tell the tale of Mowgli the orphan jungle boy who must face off against the evil tiger Shere-Khan. There have been many adaptations before, but the two most recognized and popular today are probably the Disney animated version from 1967:

And the live action movie from 1994 that was directed by Stephen Sommers.

Presumably Warner Bros. is aiming to get their version made as soon as possible so that they can beat Disney to the box office. Steve Kloves, who is best known for his screenwriting work on all of the Harry Potter films, is producing the film while newcomer Callie Kloves is penning the script.

Inarritu is best known for his dark, depressing dramas, but he has been changing his tune up a bit lately. He is currently in post production on his first comedy, a movie called Birdman that follows a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) who tries to reignite his career by putting on a huge Broadway play. The supporting cast is filled to the brim with talented stars, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan. The movies doesn't have a release date just yet, but it is set to be distributed by Fox Searchlight and is expected to come out some time next year.

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