A new live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's novel The Jungle Book is coming from Pathe and the BBC. According to Variety, the two studios have teamed up for the $50 million production.

This new take on the old tale will be shot in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in India, and it will be intercut with trained animals shot performing in the wild. CGI animation will make it appear as though the animals are talking.

BBC natural-history filmmaker John Downer will be directing the film. Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle adapted the screenplay from the original book. Michelle Fox is producing.

The film goes into pre-production starting in September. The entire process will take a little more than two years to complete. Downer stated, "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."

B. Alan Orange