It seems that the time has come to take another stab at Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. We've had some animated versions over the years -- including, of course, Disney's animated classic -- as well as a live action feature back in the '90s. Now Pathe and the BBC are coming together to create a pricier live action adaptation, one that currently has a $50 million price tag. The big endeavor will be helmed by John Downer, a BBC vet who directed the lion drama Pride, from a script by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.

Of course, the Kipling classic is all about anthropomorphic animals, so they will be talking, using the technique from Pride. According to Variety, Downer plans to shoot at a tiger reserve (Ranthambore) in India, and will combine that with footage of trained animals on jungle sets and in front of blue screens. Downer says: "My ambition is to use pioneering digital and wildlife filming techniques to portray one of the greatest stories of all time just as the author intended -- with real live talking animals inhabiting the jungle world of Kipling's India." Obviously, there's a lot to bring together to make it work, so while the film will start next month, it will take about two years to complete. Personally, I'm not big on talking animals unless they're animated or done with a nice Milo & Otis-type voiceover, although I'm sure that this project will be a big, successful hit. How about you? Live action, talking animals: yay or nay?
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