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Disney is developing a new live action version of The Jungle Book

07.09.2013by:

Disney must think that their upcoming live action versions of their classic animated fairy tales are going to be hits because the studio has just started developing yet another of their masterpieces for a new generation. After MALEFICENT with Angelina Jolie and CINDERELLA from Kenneth Branagh, Disney is now bringing THE JUNGLE BOOK back to theaters just 20 years after their last live action take on the Rudyard Kipling tale.

The short story collection was published in 1894, and the majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera. One of the adversaries that pops up several times is Shere Khan, a mean tiger.

The new version will be scripted by Justin Marks who also wrote the upcoming Mark Wahlberg movie THE RAVEN and an early draft of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. It is currently unknown if the new movie will be a take on the 1964 musical film or more along the lines of the Stephen Sommers directed action movie that starred Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill, and Lena Headey.

THE JUNGLE BOOK would also create a glut of similarly themed films over the next few year as Warner Bros. is developing their own take on THE JUNGLE BOOK from HARRY POTTER screenwriter Steven Kloves. There are also dueling TARZAN movies coming which is close in tone and story to THE JUNGLE BOOK. As long as Stephen Sommers isn't involved, we should be okay.

Extra Tidbit: Damn, Lena Headey has been hot for over 20 years.

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12:08AM on 07/10/2013
While this movie has aged a bit, I still enjoy it for the most part. One of the few live action films that I personally enjoyed. Others may think different but to each their own
While this movie has aged a bit, I still enjoy it for the most part. One of the few live action films that I personally enjoyed. Others may think different but to each their own
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10:34PM on 07/09/2013
I'd only just discovered that Stephen Sommers made a Jungle Book film after watching The Mummy with director and editor commentary (entertaining flick, The Mummy). And boy, Lena Headey always was hawt.
I'd only just discovered that Stephen Sommers made a Jungle Book film after watching The Mummy with director and editor commentary (entertaining flick, The Mummy). And boy, Lena Headey always was hawt.
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9:54PM on 07/09/2013

Tarzan?

i've always assumed there would be some Smallville-esque TV show about a teenage Tarzan who is discovered in the jungles of Africa and thrust into the most ferocious jungle of all... high school. this fall on the CW.
i've always assumed there would be some Smallville-esque TV show about a teenage Tarzan who is discovered in the jungles of Africa and thrust into the most ferocious jungle of all... high school. this fall on the CW.
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8:31PM on 07/09/2013

how does Justin Marks have a career

His only film screenplay has been "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" which he was the sole credited writer for. Before that he wrote a couple of crappy short films. If you're a studio trying to make a successful film why, out of the thousands of working screen writers, would you pick this guy for the job? And presumably pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions to do it?
His only film screenplay has been "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" which he was the sole credited writer for. Before that he wrote a couple of crappy short films. If you're a studio trying to make a successful film why, out of the thousands of working screen writers, would you pick this guy for the job? And presumably pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions to do it?
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6:50PM on 07/09/2013

On a slightly related note...

How about a Tale Spin movie? Ah, 90's cartoons. How I miss you.
How about a Tale Spin movie? Ah, 90's cartoons. How I miss you.
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8:27PM on 07/09/2013
Amen, amen and amen.
Amen, amen and amen.
9:50PM on 07/09/2013
fuck yeah! i've always wanted to see a live-action dark-knight-style gritty version of Darkwing Duck,
fuck yeah! i've always wanted to see a live-action dark-knight-style gritty version of Darkwing Duck,
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4:26PM on 07/09/2013
They'll probably go Life of Pi on this and make every animal fake. Might as well just make it animated.
They'll probably go Life of Pi on this and make every animal fake. Might as well just make it animated.
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8:27PM on 07/09/2013
Yep, I'm betting you're dead on with that one.
Yep, I'm betting you're dead on with that one.
4:16PM on 07/09/2013

Nice

With a $200 million budget, real animals and fresh face lead.

YAY!!!
With a $200 million budget, real animals and fresh face lead.

YAY!!!
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4:13PM on 07/09/2013

Nice

With a $200 million budget, real animals and fresh face lead.

YAY!!!
With a $200 million budget, real animals and fresh face lead.

YAY!!!
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3:45PM on 07/09/2013
The Rock for Mowgli.
The Rock for Mowgli.
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3:39PM on 07/09/2013

I hope they do it right

This was my all time favorite book as a kid, and I also loved the disney movie. Tarzan(the book) was awesome too, and was accused to ripping off the Jungle Book back when it came out, but the only similarities are that a human is raised by animals. My only hopes for these movies are that they focus on the time in the jungle with the animals, the mistake these types of movies always make is focusing on reasserting them back into human society. But that's boring, I want to see a live action
This was my all time favorite book as a kid, and I also loved the disney movie. Tarzan(the book) was awesome too, and was accused to ripping off the Jungle Book back when it came out, but the only similarities are that a human is raised by animals. My only hopes for these movies are that they focus on the time in the jungle with the animals, the mistake these types of movies always make is focusing on reasserting them back into human society. But that's boring, I want to see a live action movie where mowgli is fighting a tiger and I want to see Tarzan kill a lion with his bare hands.
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3:28PM on 07/09/2013

Stephen Sommers

please just release the Sommers movie on blu-ray already, it's killing me!! One of my favourites
please just release the Sommers movie on blu-ray already, it's killing me!! One of my favourites
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3:25PM on 07/09/2013
I remember liking the 94 movie when I was a kid. I dread seeing it again because I'm sure its probably not that good. I also never read the original stories so I have no idea how true it is to the source. It seemed to have more in common with Tarzan
I remember liking the 94 movie when I was a kid. I dread seeing it again because I'm sure its probably not that good. I also never read the original stories so I have no idea how true it is to the source. It seemed to have more in common with Tarzan
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