Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Jungle Book
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Studio circles filmmaker for bigscreen adaptation of Rudyard Kipling book

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is eyeing his first big tentpole feature: He’s entered discussions to direct “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros.

“Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves will produce while Callie Kloves penned the script.

The pic would be a live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book that followed Mowgli, an orphan boy who was raised by various jungle animals and protected from the ferocious Tiger, Shere-Khan.

Jon Berg is overseeing for WB.

Gonzalez Inarritu seemed very intrigued by the property, but Warners wanted to first meet with him and make sure he was the right fit before offering him the gig.

The news comes at an interesting time as Disney has begun talks with Jon Favreau to direct their “Jungle Book” movie. Since the film is in the public domain, neither studio has exclusive rights to it, allowing for multiple projects to be under way at once.

Universal and Relativity experienced a similar face-off when they had competing Cinderella projects (“Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror”) but given that the projects had different tones, the studios didn’t see a conflict and both came out around the same time.

The same could be said with these two “Jungle Book” films since Favreau’s past films have played on the lighter side while Inarritu’s sway more on the adult side which may be the case here.

The CAA-repped Gonzalez Inarritu recently wrapped production on “Birdman,” starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton.

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