Warner Bros. swings to ‘The Jungle Book’

Steve Kloves in talks to write and direct

“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.

Disney, which released the beloved animated take on “Jungle Book,” tried its own live-action version in 1994, with Stephen Sommers directing and Jason Scott Lee starring as the hero, Mowgli.

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.”

Kloves is repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hansen.

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