You didn’t think the wave of new versions of your favorite animated fairy tales and children’s stories was over already, did you? We still have a live-action Cinderella on the way, and the new take on Sleeping Beauty titled Maleficent. We’ve heard about possible darker new takes on Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. We can expect to see more Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz soon, as well.
Now comes word of another live-action reboot. Disney is developing a new adaptation of The Jungle Book, the classic Rudyard Kipling collection of tales, many of which focus on a young boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves and hangs out with anthropomorphic animals, such as a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera.
Justin Marks has been hired to write the screenplay for the reboot. Marks doesn’t have many produced credits, but we’ve heard his name attached as a writer on attempted projects like Masters of the Universe and Hack/Slash.
One of Disney’s beloved hand-drawn animated features is of course 1967’s The Jungle Book, the last that was produced by Walt Disney himself, who passed away during production.
Kipling’s stories were published in 1894 and are now in the public domain for anyone to adapt. Warner Brothers also has a Jungle Book movie in development.
[Source: Heat Vision]