'Mowgli' Moves From Warner Bros To Netflix
by Dylan Blight
In a move that doesn't come as too shocking, Warner Bros has sold the Andry Serkis directed Mowgli to Netflix.
At one stage Warner Bros and Disney were in a race to be first to release a film based upon the Kipling Jungle Books with Disney working on the Jon Favreau directed live-action Jungle Book film that was released in 2016. In response, Mowgli -- a darker and mature take on the material -- was shelved to give it space from the successful Disney film, longer time for the animation department and to hopefully alleviate any comparisons upon release.
Until today the film was due for a cinematic release in October but Deadline has broke the story with Netflix acquiring the rights to the film and plans to release it in 2019. The film will get a of theatrical release with the 3D version Andy Serkis has been working on.
Andy Serkis told Deadline:
“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.
Netflix has allowed the filmmaking that I wanted to do, to exist and they’ve created an atmosphere for my kind of storytelling I set out to do."
We checked out the Offical Trailer for Mowgli in May, although it's safe to bet Netflix will be cutting their own trailer before they release the film sometime next year.
Check out our REACTS and discussion of the trailer below: