Live-action Jungle Book on way

Pathe and BBC to base new live-action movie on Rudyard Kipling classic.
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Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book will be made into a $50 million live-action film courtesy of the BBC and Pathe.

According to Variety, the project will be directed by BBC natural history filmmaker John Downer from a script by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle. Michelle Fox - who was responsible for 102 Dalmatians - will produce the film.

Downer has pioneered the technique of filming animals in the wild and then using CGI manipulation to make them appear to talk. His lion-doc drama Pride was nominated for an Emmy in 2004.

He will shoot in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India and intercut his footage with that of trained animals shot both on jungle sets in the UK and against bluescreens.

Preparation for the film will start in September, with the entire production process taking two years to complete.

Pathe will distribute the film in the UK and France and handle sales in the rest of the world.

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