Back in April, at CinemaCon, we were shown an extended trailer for Andy Serkis' Mowgli, a CGI/live-action epic retelling of The Jungle Book. The response from everyone I spoke with in the wake of that footage (which was surprisingly dark) basically boiled down to, "Wait, who is this movie for?"
Well, it's definitely no longer for Warner Bros.: according to Deadline, Netflix just snatched up the worldwide rights to Serkis' film, and will roll it out on their streaming service sometime next year. This isn't the first major studio offering Netflix has picked up unexpectedly, and the frequency at which this practice occurs indicates it won't be the last.
Mowgli, as strange and dark as it may be, looks like an eye-popping piece of entertainment, and features performances from Christian Bale (as Bagheera), Cate Blanchett (as Kaa), Benedict Cumberbatch (as Shere Khan), Naomie Harris (as Nisha), and Serkis as Baloo the Bear.
Serkis' film was scheduled to arrive on October 19th of this year. No word on when it might hit Netflix, but we'll keep you informed as further updates roll in.