Live-action Jungle Book on way

Pathe and BBC to base new live-action movie on Rudyard Kipling classic.
Author:
Publish date:
5_Pocoyo.jpg

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.

Related

Twitter bird logo.jpg

It's a jungle out there

David Smith takes issue with a dodgy Twitter campaign that attempted to make his toy news site, Toy Talk, tweet about the slightly unrelated world of insurance services.

5_TN-Counter-Insurge-Icon.jpg

Block bookings

The news that Lego has closed its order book, at least for the time being hasn't gone down too well with the independents. No warning, no 'get your order in by the end of the week', just banged shut.

Featured Jobs

Copyrights Group

Marketing Manager

The Copyrights Group is one of the licensing arms within The Vivendi Group. Acquired by Vivendi in 2016 Copyrights manages the licensing for a portfolio of properties to include Paddington Bear. Some of the other companies within the Vivendi Group include Universal Music Group, and their licensing arm Bravado, Gameloft and Studiocanal to name a few.