It appears Alejandro González Iñárritu may be booking a trip to the jungle for his next project…
Warner Bros. is reportedly in early talks with the 50-year-old Mexican filmmaker to direct The Jungle Book, a new version of the popular Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy raised in the wilderness by animals, according to Deadline.com.
The project is one of the studio’s top priorities, with a script by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing the film.
Bur this isn’t the only Jungle Book project in the works…
Disney is pursuing its own live action version of The Jungle Book, recently hiring Elf and Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau to direct the film.
The book is public domain, but as usual the first one to make it into production usually becomes the Tarzan of the jungle.
After several serious dramas including Amores perros, Babel and 21 Grams, Iñárritu recently took on a comedy for his most recent film Birdman, which is wrapping up now.
He’s also attached to the New Regency 1820s frontier revenge tale The Revenant.