Ron Howard has admitted directing The Jungle Book film would be an "exciting prospect".
The Rush filmmaker is in talks to take the reins on the live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's 1894 novel, after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu left the project, due to scheduling conflicts.
"It was prematurely released as a given. 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, " Ron said.
He added: "It's a wonderful script and exciting prospect."
The 59-year-old, who picked up the editing Bafta award for Rush, would also produce the film for Warner Bros.
Callie Kloves has written the screenplay for The Jungle Book, which would focus on Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by animals in the Indian jungle.
The Jungle Book would mark Ron's first child-friendly film in more than a decade, following 2000's How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey, and Willow in 1988.
The filmmaker is in post-production on the big-screen adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's book In The Heart Of The Sea starring Chris Hemsworth.
He is attached to direct a version of Dan Brown's Inferno and Mena, the true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 80s.