Deadline has reported that Jon Favreau is in talks to begin adapting a remake of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. Originally adapted from the book of the same name written by Rudyard Kipling which was publish in 1894, the tale of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the jungle has been adapted several times already.
Most famously, Disney released an animated version of the story in 1967 and then a live-action film was produced in 1994. The book is now public domain and can be adapted by anyone. Warner Bros. is also developing their own live action adaptation with Steve Kloves writing the screenplay.
The stories in “The Jungle Book” were first published in magazines in 1893–94. Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-a-half years. These stories were written when Kipling lived in Vermont. There is evidence that it was written for his daughter Josephine, who died in 1899 aged six, after a rare first edition of the book with a poignant handwritten note by the author to his young daughter was discovered at the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire in 2010.
Justin Marks is attached to write the script for the remake. There is no word on any other talent attached to the project or who the studio is looking at to star. No anticipated release date has been confirmed.