Live-action talking animals. Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book. Natural-history filmmaker John Downer (whose 2004 lion "drama-documentary" Pride was nominated for an Emmy). Put all together you have a live-action version of The Jungle Book in the works.
According to Variety, "[Downer] will shoot in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India and intercut this footage with footage of trained animals shot both on jungle sets in the U.K. and against bluescreens."
A little refresher...
"Kipling's Jungle Books tell the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. He's kidnapped by monkeys and rescued by his animal friends, including Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. But when it comes to fighting the tiger Sher Khan, Mowgli must do that on his own."
So, why now?
There have already been a few live-action film versions of the movie made, but Downer claims, "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."