Filmmaker Ron Howard is in talks to direct and produce a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

The Apollo 13 director is set to take over the project from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who dropped out of the film last month (Jan14), citing scheduling issues, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Jungle Book, which is based on a 1894 Rudyard Kipling story, centres on a young boy, called Mowgli, who is raised by wolves.

This isn't the only The Jungle Book project in the works - director Jon Favreau is developing a live-action movie for Disney.