Both Disney and Warner Bros had live action movies based off of The Jungle Book in the works. Disney was doing an adaptation of their animated classic, while Warner Bros would take from the Rudyard Kipling book instead. The Disney one – helmed by The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau – was a smash hit.
The Warner Bros version, then just called Mowgli, was delayed, and eventually sold to Netflix. Now Netflix has given it a subtitle and released a brand new trailer for the Andy Serkis helmed project, which you can watch below.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has a few of the same elements that people familiar with the Disney version would know. But it does look like a departure for the most part. You certainly won’t hear “Bear Necessities” for example, but you’ll still see the man cub’s friendship with Baloo who is played by Serkis himself.
Warner Bros was originally going to release this in theaters, but after they sold it to Netflix, that seemed off the table. However, Deadline is reporting that the film will get a limited theatrical run.
The new take on the Rudyard Kipling classic will make its way to theaters in an exclusive limited engagement beginning November 29 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London and then launch globally on Netflix December 7.
This does look like a darker take, and I think the Netflix move is smart. I probably would have waited for its home release and not have seen it in theaters. Now, I can watch it on Netflix soon. Those who live in one of the four cities listed and want to see it theatrically, can do so a week early.
This trailer sold the movie better than the last one did, the cast is stellar, and the motion capture work will be top notch due to Serkis’s involvement.
Also, here’s a beautiful new poster for the film:
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs.