Could a Live-Action 'Jungle Book' Save Disney?
The source material, Rudyard Kipling's stories, are in the public domain, so there's no legal problem with both Disney and Warner Bros. working on their own versions. However, if anything can be learned by this year's release of both Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, it's that audiences don't seemed to get jazzed about going to see the same movie twice. Olympus Has Fallen was the bigger hit of the two, despite having less-well-known talent, a less experienced director and a smaller budget. What it did have was that it came out first. So it looks like it'll be a race to the finish line with this one. Then again, it was revealed recently that Kipling plagiarized his original Jungle Book stories, so maybe Warner Bros. and Disney can just use the same screenplay, in the interest of faithfulness to the source material.
On the other hand, Disney is the original Jungle Book adapter. Its 1967 animated version was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney himself and is considered a classic, so maybe filmgoers will wait to see what Disney does with a real life Baloo.
Related: does anyone else already feel like they've seen a movie about an orphaned boy and his jungle creature friend? Me too.