Jon Favreau in talks to direct 'Jungle Book'
November 6th, 2013
02:34 PM ET

Jon Favreau in talks to direct 'Jungle Book'

As Disney plots to turn "The Jungle Book" into a live-action film, it's looking to Jon Favreau to lead the way.

According to reports, the "Iron Man" director is being tapped to helm the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's tale.

"The Jungle Book," which follows the travails of an orphan named Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the jungle, has been adapted twice before. One of the classics in Disney's repertoire, the film arrived as an animated offering in 1967, and another live-action movie popped up in 1994.

For Favreau, the thought of directing a family-friendly project will be a switch from his recent work, but he thinks those recent Marvel projects should come in handy.

“I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements,” the actor/filmmaker told Deadline, which first reported the news. “It is my first real family film since 'Elf,' and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the 'Iron Man' films are going to be useful.”

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