In the recent major acquisition by Netflix, the streaming platform has the worldwide rights to Mowgli Warner Bros. & # 39; s completed live action film about the young hero of the Jungle Book Stories. Motion capture star Andy Serkis (Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings ) performed the film, which differs from the 2016 Disney-Dake Jungle Book remake. The film was scheduled for release in October 2018 before Warner Bros. sold it to Netflix
This is not the first time that Netflix has picked up a movie from a major movie studio for streaming distribution. She previously acquired the rights to Paramount Pictures The Cloverfield Paradox a space horror film originally titled God Particle which was released earlier this year immediately after the Super Bowl. As with The Cloverfield Paradox which has been badly rated by many critics, the Mowgli acquisition for Warner Bros. appears to be a means of risk reduction, and it suggests that the studio's Trust is missing The movie.
Similar elements appeared to play a role in Netflix by acquiring the foreign streaming rights for the Warner Bros. and New Line remake of Shaft and Paramounts Annihilation . In an interview with The Verge earlier this year, Annihilation admitted to director Alex Garland that "there is a gap between the things I do and the opening weekends both things may not fit together very well. "He suggests that taking Annihilation is foreign to Netflix, somewhat easing the financial pressure for American success.
In the case of Mowgli
the Warner Bros. movie was in a "twin movie" race with Disney's live-action version in 2016. Warner Bros. lost this battle, and the Disney version went global to $ 966 million.
"We were in this race with Disney and there was a [time] when we were head to head who would come first, told Serkis Deadline ." Both studios wanted to be the first. " By bringing Mowgli to Netflix instead of going to a traditional theatrical release, "we avoid comparisons with the other film and it's a relief not to have the pressure." 19659006] The first trailer to the film called it " The Darkest Tale of the Beloved Masterpiece " Author's Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Serkis & # 39; s film shows an A-list for the iconic jungle animals of these original stories: Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as the villainous Tiger Shere Khan and Cate Blanchett as the serpent Kaa. Netflix is now planning to release the film sometime in 2019.