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People's Most Beautiful Person Lupita Nyong'o & Scarlett Johansson Swing Over To Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2014 7:16 PM
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So, you've won an Oscar, you've just been declared by People magazine to be the most beautiful person (celebrity) on the planet, so what do you do for your next move? If you're Lupita Nyong'o you go blockbuster, and that's just what she's done, along with Scarlett Johansson.

Andy Serkis Takes Over Director's Chair Of 'The Jungle Book'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 21, 2014 10:16 AM
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Well, we didn’t see this coming. Despite Ron Howard being courted last month—against our wishes—to helm a live-action take on “The Jungle Book” for Warner Bros. after Alejandro González Iñárritu walked away from the project, the “Rush” director will not be behind the camera on the presumed-franchise-starter. Instead it’s someone very familiar to the studio and another actor-turned-filmmaker.

Charlize Theron Lines Up 'Everything Nice,' Idris Elba Joins 'The Jungle Book' & More

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • March 7, 2014 2:31 PM
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Everything Nice Charlize Theron
If the Internet can’t convince Eon Productions to cast Idris Elba as James Bond, perhaps his new role can land him a villain gig in Bond 24. Elba is set to voice Shere Khan in Disney and Jon Favreau's take on “The Jungle Book.” Favreau will use live-action and VFX to bring the story to the screen. Expect to see this sooner than later as Disney is neck and neck with Warner Bros. with their own version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic.

Ron Howard Replaces Alejandro González Iñárritu On 'The Jungle Book'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 3:09 PM
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Ron Howard, Rush
C'mon Ron Howard, you can do better than this. While everyone slept on "Rush" (seriously, it's a terrific sports drama whether you like racing or not), the director has at least been flirting with more interesting material, whether it's the still-developing movie franchise/TV series "The Dark Tower," the recently announced drug tale "Mena," or his forthcoming water-bound drama "In The Heart Of The Sea." But, "The Jungle Book"?

Alejandro González Iñárritu Swings Off 'The Jungle Book,' Joe Johnston & More Line Up New Gigs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 2:08 PM
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It seemed improbable that arthouse fave Alejandro González Iñárritu would tackle a big studio tentpole, but last month that seemed to be the case when reports surfaced he was circling "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. But indeed, Iñárrituu won't be going blockbuster any time soon as he's bounced from the project, leaving Warner Bros. to find another director for the Callie Kloves-penned take on the public domain material.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Circling New Version Of 'The Jungle Book' At Warner Bros

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 8:25 PM
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It feels like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wants to branch out. After four films of varying degrees of bleakness, in "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" (none of which, it should be said, are without their hopeful qualities), the Mexican filmmaker has switched streams, with his next film, "Birdman," being an all-star comedy about an actor best known for playing a superhero. But his ambitions don't stop there, as it seems like Inarritu could be heading for the tentpole world, with a new version of a classic story.

'Alice In Wonderland 2' Sets 2016 Release Date With Johnny Depp & Mia Wasikowska To Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 3:16 PM
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It's been brewing for a while now, and this afternoon it has become a lot more real: "Alice In Wonderland 2" now has a 2016 release date, with plans to send you down the rabbit hole once again.

Jon Favreau Swings To 'The Jungle Book' For Disney

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 10:32 AM
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Jungle Book Jon Favreau
Right now, Jon Favreau is currently shooting "Chef," a star-studded—it features Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale and Dustin Hoffman—return to the sort of smaller, character movies he made at the beginning of his career. But the filmmaker still likes to play in the big sandbox of VFX and franchises, and he'll be doing just that soon enough.

It's Just The Franchise Necessities: Disney Prepping Live Action Reboot Of 'The Jungle Book'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2013 3:14 PM
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Guys listen, don't get so outraged, because from a purely clinical business approach this makes total sense. Disney tried -- they really did -- to relaunch older/new franchises but they botched it and audiences didn't respond. "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger" will go down as expensive, money-losing flops and one could argue that "Tron: Legacy" barely did what the studio wanted (it's hardly shocking that talk around that sequel has quieted down -- "Star Wars" will fill the sci-fi niche and then some is our guess...) And with studio going live-action with "Cinderella," starting production later this year, why not use another proven title which everyone already knows back to front?

'Harry Potter' Writer Steve Kloves To Pen & Direct Live Action 'The Jungle Book' For Warner Bros.

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 4:46 PM
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To put it bluntly, Warner Bros. owes Steve Kloves about two billion dollars. Roughly. As the man who adapted every entry in the 'Harry Potter' series of films, he played an integral part in turning the young adult novels into box office sensations that not only won over dedicated fans of J.K. Rowling's work, but also helped bring on new devotees for what is one of the most successful franchises of all time. And now, it looks like Kloves is going to use that goodwill to direct his first film in over two decades.

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