Early last month it was announced that Disney had hired director Jon Favreau to helm a new live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book.“Â Well, the funny thing is, the original story by Rudyard Kipling is in the public domain. So no one “owns” it. In the latest of a long history of studios setting up similar, rival productions, Warner Bros has now thrown its hat into the “Jungle Book” ring. WithÂ Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves producing, this new project is said to be on the hunt for a director. Who’s the current front-runner? AlejandroÂ GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu.
To date, the Mexican filmmaker has never directed a tentpole picture. You won’t find a single Hollywood blockbuster on his resumÃ©. He’s known, stateside, for smaller films likeÂ Babel andÂ 21 Grams. It is said thatÂ IÃ±Ã¡rrituÂ is very interested, but that Warner Bros wants to properly vet him to see if he’s the right man for the job.
If he does get the gig, it’ll be interesting to see how he does with a film of this scale. Will he be another Alfonso CuarÃ³n, who hit a homerun with his first big studio pictureÂ Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban? Or will he be more like Marc Forster, who stumbled out of the gate with the much-maligned James Bond flickÂ Quantum of Solace?