Disney plans new live-action ‘Jungle Book’ movie

Screenwriter Justin Marks has been hired to pen script based on Rudyard Kipling's classic stories

Disney is planning a new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Screenwriter Justin Marks has been hired to pen a script based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic collection of short stories featuring Mowgli, Baloo and the gang.

Disney has also begun its hunt for a director, though the project is still “in the early stages” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney previously adapted The Jungle Book into a live-action movie in 1994, with the cast including Sam Neill, John Cleese and a young Lena Headey. However, the most famous version remains Disney’s 1967 animated film featuring songs such as ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. It was the last movie to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during production.

Meanwhile, a rival The Jungle Book movie is already in the works at Warner Bros. Steve Kloves, who scripted most of the Harry Potter films, is writing the screenplay.

Justin Marks’ previous screenwriting credits include an early draft of Disney’s planned remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which is now on hold. He’s also written an upcoming sci-fi thriller called The Raven which is being produced by Mark Wahlberg.