Earlier this year, the first trailer debuted for Andy Serkis’ upcoming adaption of The Jungle Book titled Mowgli. It was met with some praise as the film is much darker in nature compared to Disney’s adaption. However, that would be because this version is based on the original book by Rudyard Kipling and not the Disney animated feature film from 1967.
Today, Deadline announced that Netflix has acquired the film right’s from Warner Brothers for Mowgli. This is one of the largest acquisitions of a completed feature film in recent history. Blurring the lines between theatrical and streaming releases. Serkis talks about Netflix now distributing his film:
“I’m really excited about Netflix for Mowgli. Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that. What excites me most is the forward thinking at Netflix in how to present this, and the message of the movie. They understand this is a darker telling that doesn’t fit it into a four quadrant slot. It’s really not meant for young kids, though I think it’s possible that 10 or above can watch it. It was always meant to be PG-13, and this allows us to go deeper, with darker themes, to be scary and frightening in moments. The violence between animals is not gratuitous, but it’s definitely there. This way of going allows us to get the film out without compromise.”
The film bolsters an impressive voice cast as Christan Bale voices the black panther Bagheera and Benedict Cumberbatch voices the evil tiger Shera Khan. Rohan Chand was cast as the young Mowgli himself.
The film was scheduled to hit theaters October 19th but now will hit the streaming service in early 2019