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Jon Favreau in talks to helm an adaptation of The Jungle Book

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Jon Favreau is in a good place at Disney. He's been attached to direct MAGIC KINGDOM, a film we've been hearing about since 2010. The last piece of news we got was early last year when Steve Carell signed on to play the lead in the family film.

With no current movement on that project (that we're aware of), it seems Disney has lined up another one for Favreau to direct.

His next commitment will be an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK. Justin Marks (THE RAVEN) is set to turn in a draft of his script to the studio very soon. Production should start next year.

Favreau gave this statement about the Disney take on the popular story:

“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.”

This is not the first time that the studio has taken on THE JUNGLE BOOK. My favorite adaptation thus far is their animation version of the tale from 1967. The last time we saw JUNGLE BOOK on the big screen was Stephen Sommer's 1994 version which starred Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, and John Cleese.

Source: Deadline

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12:52PM on 11/06/2013
Great Idea but I would prefer a PIXAR re-imagining of the Classics.
Great Idea but I would prefer a PIXAR re-imagining of the Classics.
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4:24AM on 11/06/2013

DAREDEVIL RANT COMING UP!

I don't where to start. IN REALITY he is one of the best working mainstream directors. He emerged with Swingers which went in to have major cult following. I can't hear the words pretty baby without think of Swingers. The he directed MADE a GREAT FUN CRIME ACTION COMEDY  then he made a few mainstream movies, both of which were GOOD. Then went into Ironman and with some help from Feige basically created the Marvel Universe we now know today. AND REMEMBER THAT HE HAD MULTIPLE FIGHTS TRYING TO
I don't where to start. IN REALITY he is one of the best working mainstream directors. He emerged with Swingers which went in to have major cult following. I can't hear the words pretty baby without think of Swingers. The he directed MADE a GREAT FUN CRIME ACTION COMEDY  then he made a few mainstream movies, both of which were GOOD. Then went into Ironman and with some help from Feige basically created the Marvel Universe we now know today. AND REMEMBER THAT HE HAD MULTIPLE FIGHTS TRYING TO CONVINCE THE STUDIO TO GO WITH HIS TOP CHOICE of RDJ, that casting only happened because of Favs. He was Marvels Golden Boy untill Iron Man 2 came out, also note he was promised to direct the Avengers early on in his agreement. Now look where he is at? THS IS BULLSHIT he should be put on the same level or even higher as Joss Weddon,  JJ Abrhams,    Matthew Vaughn,  Brad Bird,  DelToro,  Matt Reeves, and many more. He showed he has class by agreeing to appear in the marvel films he had no involvement in. I think he will make a good Jungle Boom but I feel he has earned the right to do whatever he wants.
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2:16AM on 11/07/2013
Woah, I like Favreau too, and he directed one great film (Iron Man... Swingers was also great mind you, but you've got to give Doug Liman a lot of the credit for that one) and a couple of pretty good ones (Made, Elf and to a certain extent Zathura) but he's also directed some stinkers too. Yeah, he directed Iron Man 2, and you might say "but that doesn't count, the studio interfered!" but then he followed it up with Cowboys & Aliens and that was no gem, either. I think he's talented and I'm
Woah, I like Favreau too, and he directed one great film (Iron Man... Swingers was also great mind you, but you've got to give Doug Liman a lot of the credit for that one) and a couple of pretty good ones (Made, Elf and to a certain extent Zathura) but he's also directed some stinkers too. Yeah, he directed Iron Man 2, and you might say "but that doesn't count, the studio interfered!" but then he followed it up with Cowboys & Aliens and that was no gem, either. I think he's talented and I'm looking forward to Chef but I think his inconsistency so far definitely takes him out of the same league as many of the names on that list.

Also, he was never promised The Avengers, he merely stated his desire to direct it and met with the studio, who ultimately passed on him but asked him to stay on as a Producer.
9:32PM on 11/05/2013
There is a lot of interesting elements that could be used in jungle book that disney has not tried yet. I would have to say the last one was pretty good in presenting things in the human perspective. The cartoon version presented the animal perspective with the animals presenting their views. One idea that springs to mind would be to do it from an outsider's perspective. Sher kahn goes on a rampage and a mysterious young man comes forth seeking to aid in the elimination of sher kahn. The vibe
There is a lot of interesting elements that could be used in jungle book that disney has not tried yet. I would have to say the last one was pretty good in presenting things in the human perspective. The cartoon version presented the animal perspective with the animals presenting their views. One idea that springs to mind would be to do it from an outsider's perspective. Sher kahn goes on a rampage and a mysterious young man comes forth seeking to aid in the elimination of sher kahn. The vibe would be more ghost and the darkness but the action would take place in a jungle environment as opposed to the african savannah.
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9:23PM on 11/05/2013

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8:55AM on 11/06/2013
70/hour eh? Are sure there isn't something else she is doing? hehe
70/hour eh? Are sure there isn't something else she is doing? hehe
9:13PM on 11/05/2013
I like Favreau, but this seems like a bad idea. We already have a good animated and live-action version of The Jungle Book. Adding mythic elements and visual effects to the story doesn't seem all that interesting to me. If Disney is planning to spend $200 million on this with hopes it's going to be another Pirates of the Caribbean size hit, then I predict another flop like Lone Ranger and John Carter.
I like Favreau, but this seems like a bad idea. We already have a good animated and live-action version of The Jungle Book. Adding mythic elements and visual effects to the story doesn't seem all that interesting to me. If Disney is planning to spend $200 million on this with hopes it's going to be another Pirates of the Caribbean size hit, then I predict another flop like Lone Ranger and John Carter.
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2:06AM on 11/07/2013
And Prince of Persia and Haunted Mansion? Yeah, that whole "finding the next PotC" thing just doesn't seem to be working out too well for them, does it?
And Prince of Persia and Haunted Mansion? Yeah, that whole "finding the next PotC" thing just doesn't seem to be working out too well for them, does it?
8:53PM on 11/05/2013
I like Jon Favreau as an actor and as a director so this could be pretty good. I like the Jungle Book story as well.
I like Jon Favreau as an actor and as a director so this could be pretty good. I like the Jungle Book story as well.
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