Jon Favreau in Talks to Direct 'Jungle Book' for Disney

Justin Marks is writing the script.
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Justin Marks is writing the script.

After taking a break from the studio world with his recently completed indie, Chef, Jon Favreau is ready for bigger budgets once again.

The director, who is best known for his Iron Man movies as well as one of this century’s Christmas classics, Elf, is in negotiations to direct Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book.

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THR broke the news that the studio was developing a new take on the movie, after making an animated version and a live-action take in the 1990s.
Justin Marks
is writing the script, which has no producers attached to it at this stage.

Jungle Book, written by Rudyard Kipling, is a collection of fables set in India. The short-story collection was published in 1894, and the majority of the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera. One of the adversaries that pops up several times is Shere Khan, a mean tiger.