WB Explores <i>The Jungle Book</i>

Steve Kloves, who penned all but one of the Harry Potter movies, is in early talks with Warner Bros. to write and direct a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Variety reports.

The film is, of course, based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 collection of stories about a Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves -- with help from Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther -- in the jungles of India, where he fights the ferocious tiger Shere Khan. (The book includes other stories, most notably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.")

The Jungle Book has been adapted numerous times over the decades, most famously in animated form in 1967 by Disney. The studio also went the live-action route in 1994 with a film directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli.

Kloves also wrote Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man (with Alvin Sargent), as well as Warner Bros.' stalled live-action adaptation of Akira.

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