Disney is planning to raid its vault of classics, with
reporting that the studio is set to release a live-action remake of
The Jungle Book
According to the source, Disney is currently looking for a director to head up the project, its second attempt at a live-action adaptation after Stephen Sommers' effort failed to have anywhere near the impact that the animated version had.
However, Disney will have to move fast if they're to be the first new
adaptation in the marketplace, with Warner Bros currently developing its own version of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale.
The source material is in the public domain, with no rights issue to be negotiated, so essentially it's a bit of a free for all. Steve Kloves is currently penning the script for Warner and will also occupy the director's chair on that film.
Justin Marks has been hired by Disney to write their version while the search for a director gets fully underway. So long as there's still a bear in a grass skirt, we'll be happy…