Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book has been adapted for big and small screens several time and it appears that such an adaptation is about to take place once again. According to the sources, the original 1976 Jungle Book version is about to be remade byHollywoodwith live action version.
The script for this new action version would be written by the screenwriter who has worked on all but one Harry Potter films, Steve Kloves. The screenwriter has been in talks with Warner Bros to work on such a project.
While the original version contained several scores, particularly the famous Bare Necessities, the new would be darker and hence free of any musical number.
There were several differences between the book and the original version of the series that was made by Disney. According to the tentative plan, the film would contain only one actor who would play the role of Mowgli, while the rest of the animal companions would be generated by computer simulation.
Other than the original version, Disney also released two live action films in 90s, but both of them could not receive much commercial success. The first one of these was released in 1994 with the name of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book but turned out to be a flop. The film starred martial arts expert Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli. Five years later, Disney released another film The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story which, once again, failed to be a hit and went straight to video.
Kloves has a pretty decent experience as a director and screenwriter and his first film as director, The Fabulous Baker Boys, was nominated for 4 Oscars. He has since directed three other films and has written scripts of all but one film of Harry Potter series. Most of the films based on his scripts have proven to be commercial hits.
Another film named The Amazing Spider-Man and Akira, based on Kloves’ script, would be released soon and is expected to be a commercial success. It would no doubt be great to see a screenwriter of his caliber to work on a live action version of The Jungle Book.