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If you thought the animated version of Shere Khan was freaky when you were a kid, the latest Disney take on the tiger promises to introduce a whole new layer of terrifying; think "Life of Pi"'s Richard Parker, but less sympathetic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has begun development on a live-action "Jungle Book" adaptation, with screenwriter Justin Marks ("The Raven") tapped to produce a script based on the Rudyard Kipling classic.

This news comes nearly 50 years after the animated version hit theaters in 1967, featuring the colorful misadventures of jungle boy Mowgli, his pals Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, and their arch-enemy Shere Khan, the fearsome tiger.

"The Jungle Book" isn't the first animated Disney favorite to get remade with real people and dazzling special effects: "Alice in Wonderland" paved the way in 2010, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and "Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie, will do the same for "Sleeping Beauty" in July 2014. Kenneth Branagh's reimagining of "Cinderella" is set to hit theaters in 2015.

[via THR]

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