THR reports that Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic India-set 1894 short story collection "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros-called “Jungle Book: Origins”.
The pic will be a live action version of the story about
an orphaned boy raised by wolves and other animals, which try to protect
him from the ferocious tiger Shere-Khan (voiced by Cumberbatch). The tone will be a bit darker
than previous film adaptations of the work
The most well known of which are the 1967 animated classic and the Stephen Sommers directed 1994 live-action live-action version starring Jason Scott Lee, Lena Headey and Cary Elwes.
Andy Serkis will direct and produce the film with Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish. Callie Kloves wrote the adapted script.
Since the property is in the public domain Disney is developing it's own film that "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau is in talks to helm using a Justin Marks script--set to open on Oct. 9, 2015. "Origins” will open on Oct. 21, 2016 — a year and a week after Disney’s rival project opens.