Andy Serkis’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book titled Mowgli has recently made some pretty big changes. The highly anticipated darker telling of the classic story has now changed distributors thus pushing the release of the movie back to next year. Warner Bros. original owned the rights to distribute the movie but now has passed the rights to Netflix for an undisclosed amount of money.
When it comes to how Andy Serkis feels about the move he spoke exclusively with Deadline where he gave his opinion on the move saying,
“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 movie was set to be released on October 19th of this year but due to Netflix acquiring the rights, they have decided to wait and push the movie to sometime in 2019. There hasn’t been word on when they plan to release it in 2019. Although it is being released on the streaming platform, it will be released on a limited theatrical release so that the movie can be shown in the 3D version that Serkis is in the middle of completing.
So what do you think about Mowgli being distributed through Netflix? Are you more excited to be able to watch the movie from home? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
I was very surprised when I saw this news. It makes you think if Warner Bros. didn’t believe in the project.