By Max Lalanne, Film Critic
The screenwriter, Steve Kloves, who adapted J.K Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter novels and helped turn them into a massively successful franchise of the sort never seen before may have found his new project.
Yes, it’s another book adaptation, but the similarities end there.
According to Variety News, Steve Kloves is in early talks to pen a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book. The film would be produced by Warner Bros., the same studio behind all the Harry Potter movies.
The Jungle Book, about a boy who grows up in the wild jungle reared by wolves, was most famously incarnated on the big screen in 1967 by Disney, who then turned it into a hit, light-hearted musical comedy. There were other live-action versions, of course, but they aren’t exactly well-known to say the least.
Before tackling the Harry Potter films – which occupied nearly a dozen years of Kloves career– the 52-year-old wrote 1989′s The Fabulous Baker Boys, starring Jeff and Beau Bridges as well as Michelle Pfeiffer, which was nominated for multiple Oscars but no nod for Kloves himself. He finally got his Oscar (and a Golden Globe) nomination with 2000′s Wonder Boys, based on Michael Chabon’s original novel.