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Ron Howard bringing the bare necessities to The Jungle Book?

Ron Howard bringing the bare necessities to The Jungle Book?
Caffeinated Clint

Willow fans rejoice! Ron Howard making another family film!

Less than a month after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu fell off the project (he’s busy in post on his flick “Birdman”) , Ron Howard has stepped aboard Warner’s “Jungle Book” – one of two films currently in the works based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless tale of Mowgli- according to THR.

It’s been eons since Howard, whose last film was the duelling race-car drivers drama “Rush”, did a kids film; in the ‘80s he gave us the George Lucas-produced gem “Willow”, and a decade later, he directed “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey in the Dr. Seuss-created role.

Callie Kloves (daughter of “Harry Potter” producer Steve Kloves) wrote the screenplay for “The Jungle Book”, which will assumingly play to a similar tune as the versions of Kipling’s yarn that have come before it (orphan befriending bear, panther, battles a tiger).

Disney also has a “Jungle Book” in the works; that one, also a live-action adaptation, will be helmed by “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau.
Though both films are very much go projects at this stage, there is a chance – happens all the time between dueling projects – one project will pull out of the race before it can even reaches the starting line.

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