Ron Howard Is in Talks to Direct a New ‘Jungle Book’

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Do you want a new Jungle Book? Do you want two new Jungle Books? Good, ’cause Disney already has a new live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s story happening with Jon Favreau, and Warner Bros. is drumming up a whole other one. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) was attached to direct until recently, and now Ron Howard is in talks to take over. Howard is currently attached to an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno, and, as of just a few days ago, an ’80s drug movie called Mena — so we’ll see if he can squeeze it into his schedule. Whether he could do something interesting with it is another question. On the one hand, Howard’s children’s movie history contains Willow. On the other hand, the live-action Grinch …

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