Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu is negotiating with Warner Bros. about taking charge of a film adaption of "The Jungle Book," Deadline reported.
Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter series screenwriter Steve Kloves, wrote the script for Warner's planned live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's 1894 novel and her father is the producer.
Walt Disney Pictures, whose animated "Jungle Book" came out in 1967, announced in July that it was working on a live-action version to be directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man").
The Kipling tale about an orphaned boy raised in the wild by animals is in the public domain.
Iñarritu, 50, is a two-time Oscar nominee best known for dramas such as "Amores Perros," "Babel" and "21 Grams."
The Mexican recently completed shooting on "Birdman," a black comedy starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. EFE