There have been a few live-action adaptations of The Jungle Book in the past, but I only know that because I saw it on Wikipedia, and I doubt that any of us have seen any of those. Have you seen any of them? Are they garbage? They SEEM like garbage. I’m not saying that they ARE garbage, because who knows, but they certainly seem like it from what I can tell. So this live-action version that you’re moments away from reading about is barely even anything to be annoyed by. Who cares! We liked the cartoon version, right? So let’s do it! Live action The Jungle Book, YEAH! From Variety:

“Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves is in early talks to write, direct and produce a live-action take on “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros.

Pic will be based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel about an orphaned boy who is raised by animals that protect him from a ferocious tiger who rules the jungle. Book is currently in the public domain.

Kloves wrote every film in the WB’s eight-pic “Harry Potter” franchise, and he also worked on the script for the studio’s long-gestating pic “Akira,” as well as Sony’s summer tentpole “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Helmer made his directorial debut with 1989′s “The Fabulous Baker Boys” before going on to direct the 1993 pic “Flesh and Bone.”

Great, I’m sure it will be fine. Obviously Baloo is going to be James Gandolfini in a bear costume, but WHO SHOULD BE CAST AS MOWGLI? Every child’s dream friend? What an exciting role. My thoughts are that it should either be Andy Milonakis or Willow Smith because they would each be exciting and challenging choices, but who do you think? One of the One Direction boys, probably? Ugh. Is that was you think? YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!

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  1. I hope that all the animal characters are played by actual animals and communicate telepathically ala Homeward Bound.

  2. NOT Carl!

  3. I don’t know who should play Mowgli, I’ll lay odds on it being a white kid with a suntan.

  4. I plugged the question into my prototype Videogumometer 2300 and it spit out:

    Tilda Swinton with Andy Serkis playing all the animals and Ryan Gosling as himself.

  5. For your consideration:

  6. As a kid I probably watched ’94 live-action version a hundred times. All I really remember now is that it was really violent for a kids movie. Like, in an Indiana Jones kind of way, but still the last half was basically Mowgli luring evil Imperialist Brits toward increasingly horrific jungle deaths via quicksand, animal maulings, etc. Which, I guess, is why 7-year-old me liked it so much, but 25-year-old me thinks maybe this time they can lean back toward the “Bear Necessities” take on things?

  7. #DuskyPanther4Bagheera

  8. Just so I can be the first to suggest it: Andy Serkis as mo-cap child.

  9. I bet Christian Bale could pull it off.

  10. Eddie Murphy in a fatsuit.

  11. Hologram of Tupac

  12. A child from an illegal Indian slum.

  13. Obvz it will be played by Taylor Lautner!!

  14. I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer Hollywood gives us will be “some white kid”.

    You heard it here first.

  15. It depends on the director. I like Wes Anderson for this one, so Jason Schwartzmen (Jesus, I have no idea how to spell his name), obviously.

    But David Lynch would also be cool. In that case, Schwartzmen also, but it would change to Adrien Brody somewhere in the middle of the film for no apparent reason.

    • I believe David Lynch will be busy adapting the ’60s Batman television show into a feature film, “The Bright Knight,” during the Jungle Book filming.

      My guess at casting is the actor that played Jack’s adopted son in Jack & Jill (which is actually a fairly banal, legitimate guess, I now realize).

      • Oh, you were taking the question seriously. In that case, the unfortunate truth is: Jaden Smith. You heard it here first.

        • I wasn’t really taking the question seriously. I just wanted to throw out the idea of Lynch making a ’60s Batman film because I think it would be crazy, and then I remembered that Adam Sandler has an adopted child in Jack and Jill that looked like he could be Mowgli, so then I wound up typing that too.

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