Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is in talks to direct Warner Brothers' live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic The Jungle Book.
This is, indeed, a completely unexpected and bizarre move but "el Negro" Iñárritu might follow up Birdman, which just wrapped production, filming the adventures of Mowgli from a script by Callie Kloves.
Steve Kloves, writer of seven Harry Potter films, is producing what it looks like Warner Bros' answer to Disney's new The Jungle Book movie, recently offered to Iron Man director Jon Favreau. Because the book is in the public domain, two live-action adaptations from Hollywood could hit the screens around the same time.
As soon as Warner confirms Iñárritu as the director of their The Jungle Book, we'll let you know.