What’s the best way to get movie-going audiences excited about a remake that no one seems particularly excited to see? Add another into the mix! Wait – that’s not right. Right or not, it appears that we just might be getting a second remake of The Jungle Book, thanks to a little thing called public domain.
Deadline reports that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is looking to direct Warner Bros.’ planned take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel. Details on just how this “new version” will stand out from a pack of other adaptations of the book are scarce, but we do know that this new script has been written by Callie Kloves. Despite not having any writing credits under her belt, young Kloves is the daughter of Steve Kloves, who penned all of the Harry Potter adaptations, and who is reportedly on board to produce this new feature.
Inarritu has long been known for his very serious fare – think 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful, and then perhaps stop thinking about them, because you’ll only be depressed by them – but recently lightened up a bit with his Edward Norton-starring Birdman, a recently wrapped feature that’s actually billed as a comedy. Still, Inarritu seems like a heavy pick to direct The Jungle Book, and we’re not entirely sure we need a dark, gritty take on the novel right now.
Warner Bros. and Inarritu are, of course, not involved in the only Jungle Book game in town – Disney is working on their own new version, with director Jon Favreau set to direct a script by Justin Marks. While it seems unlikely that we will see both versions hit the big screen, it will be interesting to see who emerges victorious. Our vote as of now – neither, please.
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