Disney’s trend of doing live action remakes of their classic cartoons continues with the studio now eyeing Jon Favreau to direct a new version of The Jungle Book, according to Deadline.
The 1894 Rudyard Kipling book about Mowgli, the boy raised in a jungle with help from a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, was made into a classic Disney cartoon in 1967, and Favreau seems to believe there’s a way to put a fresh perspective on it, telling Deadline:
I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements. It is my first real family film since Elf, and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful.
Disney, probably still on a high from the box office success of their live action Alice in Wonderland, also has Maleficent, a twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale with Angelina Jolie as the iconic villain, as well as a live action version of Cinderella, with Kenneth Branagh directing newcomer Lily James, in the works.