It’s probably not a good sign that in July that the film Mowgli, now given today the new title of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, got sold to Netflix by Warner Bros. While announced today that the film will get a limited release in theaters on November 29th, the film is now set to have a full release on Netflix on December 7th.
Seems that the battle of the Jungle Book adaptations has been won by Jon Favreau whose 2016 film went on to critical acclaim and nearly making $1 billion at the box office. A shame given it’s directed by motion capture actor Andy Serkis, known for his roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, who I was rooting for to help create a more immersive experience. Personally, I found Favreau’s film very watered down and a little preachy (Fire of mankind is bad now?). I feel Serkis’ film will be more driven by adventure and strong character work.
In any case, if you want to check out Mowgli it will now be on the popular streaming site. Today, in addition to the release date announcement and title change, a full trailer has been released for the film which you can check out below:
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle stars Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, and Freida Pinto along with featuring the voice and motion capture performances of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, and Serkis himself.