Ron Howard on directing The Jungle Book: It’s an exciting prospect

Rush director Ron Howard responds to rumours that he's signed on to direct Warner Bros new live action film based on Rudyard Kipling's jungle tales


His film Rush, about the glamorous world of Formula 1 racing, may have just won an editing award at tonight’s Bafta ceremony in central London, but director Ron Howard is already thinking about his next project.


Rumours have been circling during the last week that the 59-year-old American filmmaker is about to sign on to produce and direct Warner Bros new live action film based on Rudyard Kipling’s jungle tales, after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu departed the project.

And by the sounds of things, the murmerings might be about to become a reality.

“It was prematurely released as a given,” Howard said at tonight’s Bafta awards, adding: “I’m happy to admit that we’re in conversations about it to the point where I brought my Kipling on this trip to do some homework.”

“It’s a wonderful script and exciting prospect,” he said.

Written by Callie Kloves and based on Kipling’s 1894 novel, Warner Bros The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by animals in the Indian jungle. 

Rush took home the award for best editing at tonight’s EE Baftas at the Royal Opera House in central London.