Mike Fleming

alejNot that long after Warner Bros said welcome to the jungle, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has jumped off The Jungle Book. This is Warner Bros‘ new version of the Rudyard Kipling novel about an orphaned boy raised in the wilderness by animals. Insiders blamed scheduling. It becomes an open directing assignment, with a script by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing. Warner Bros will move quickly to find a replacement, because the studio is in a race. Disney is moving along with its own live-action version of The Jungle Book, recently hiring Elf and Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau to direct the film. The book is public domain, but as usual the first one to make it into production usually becomes king of the jungle. Inarritu, who wrapped Birdman, is separately attached to New Regency’s 1820s frontier revenge tale The Revenant.