A live-action Jungle Book reboot is inching forward at Disney. Rudyard Kipling’s collection of fables has been adapted many times before, although its best known iteration is Disney’s own 1967 animation about a young “man cub” named Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian wilds. Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li, Hack/Slash) has been hired to script the adaptation, which is still early in development stages. Marks was previously tapped by the Mouse House to rewrite their 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. He is repped by CAA, Madhouse Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman. Meanwhile, Disney isn’t alone in the Jungle Book game: A 3D animated version from India-based animation house DQ Entertainment Ireland Ltd. is in the works, along with WB’s competing live-action project written and directed by Steve Kloves. Also, a new stage musical that reimagines the 1967 film and Kipling’s book debuted July 1 in Chicago.
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