US director Ron Howard has agreed to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros. -- EPA
The director-producer is set to work on the project for Warner Bros.
Not one but two Jungle Book remakes are on the way, with Ron Howard now signed on to direct Warner Bros’ live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling classic.
Well known for directing Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind, Howard also helmed the first two Dan Brown movies, with Inferno due 2015.
His schedule means that the Warner Bros' Jungle Book will avoid any immediate clash with Disney’s fourth pop at the classic children’s story, observes The Hollywood Reporter.
After its 1967 animation, re-released several times over the years, Disney followed up with two more live-action interpretations in the 1990s.
Several high-profile actors starred in 1994 flick Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, including Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride), Lena Headey (The Remains Of The Day, Game Of Thrones) and John Cleese (Monty Python).
Then in 1998, Brandon Baker, Eartha Kitt, Clancy Brown and Brian Doyle-Murray appeared in The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story.
While Jon Favreau’s take on The Jungle Book for Disney is expected in October of 2015, Howard’s Inferno is due December of the same year.
The Happy Days star is also currently working on maritime tragedy In The Heart Of The Sea, with cross-border contraband thriller Mena lined up, and Jay-Z documentary Made In America ripe for cinematic distribution this summer.
Previously attached to Warner Bros’ Jungle Book was Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, known for his work on Amores Perros, 21 Grams and the upcoming Birdman. — AFP Relaxnews