Mowgli, directed by Andy Serkis, will now arrive on Netflix in 2019 as part of a deal which will bring the long gestating adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic to the small screen. Cnet take a look at this recent change.
Netflix is acquiring the worldwide rights to the movie from Warner Bros., which would make the movie the latest to shift to a streaming service instead of debuting in movie theaters. Deadline first reported the news Friday and CNET has received confirmation from Warner Bros. Netflix did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Mowgli was originally set to debut on Oct. 19, 2018 in the US, but the film will shift to a 2019 release as part of the deal. The star-studded film features Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Matthew Rhys, while Mowgli himself is played by Rohan Chand.
Serkis’ Mowgli and Disney’s live-action version ofwere in production at about the same time, with Serkis telling the outlet that Mowgli ultimately needed more time to achieve the performance capture desired for the movie.
“We took our time with the performance capture, allowing the animators to make the most of the great performances by Blanchett, Cumberbatch and Christian Bale, to bring them to life in the most extraordinary way we could,” Serkis told Deadline.
“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.”