Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

Gonzalez Inarritu May Take On First Big Studio Project

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 4, 2013 at 7:54PM

Is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ready to take on a big-budget studio tentpole?
0
Biutiful
Javier Bardem on set with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
'The Jungle Book'
'The Jungle Book'

Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is "eyeing his first big tentpole feature," as Variety reports, I can't help but wonder what good will come of it. Yes, Rudyard Kipling's public domain classic "The Jungle Book" is one of the great pieces of globally accessible literature, the original fodder for the 1967 Disney animated classic starring Mowgli and the Wolf pack that raised him from a baby in the jungle along with the panther Bagheera and Baloo the bear. Shere-Khan is his Tiger nemesis. And Warners is no doubt crunching "Life of Pi"'s global numbers. Meanwhile Disney has approached Jon Favreau to possibly direct their live action "Jungle Book” movie. 

But "The Jungle Book" also spawned a cheesy 1994 Stephen Sommers movie starring Jason Lee. Yes, Gonzalez Inarritu's buddy Alfonso Cuaron worked well with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves, who is producing from Callie Kloves' script, on Warners' blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." 

But Gonzalez Inarritu is a masterful artist of strong naturalistic dramas ("Babel") with raw emotional performances. Does he want to start learning the art of studio compromise? Production executive Jon Berg is supervising the movie for WB. 

Gonzalez Inarritu just wrapped drama “Birdman,” starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton.

This article is related to: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, In The Works, IN THE WORKS


E-Mail Updates