Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Welcome To The "Jungle"...

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Pathe and the BBC will co-finance a $50 million live-action film based on author Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

The movie will be directed by BBC filmmaker John "Pride" Downer from an adapted screenplay by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.

Michelle "102 Dalmatians" Fox will produce.

Downer's doc "Pride" was nominated for an Emmy in 2004.

Footage for the new film will be shot in India's Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, with prep starting in September.

Kipling's "Jungle Books" follow the story of 'Mowgli', a boy raised in the jungle by wolves.

"My ambition is to use pioneering digital and wildlife filming techniques to portray one of the greatest stories of all time just as the author intended -- with real live talking animals inhabiting the jungle world of Kipling's India," said Downer.

The story was previously shot in 1942 as a live-action feature film starring the actor Sabu, directed by Zoltan Korda.