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08 Nov 2018

New 'Mowgli' Netflix movie gets theatrical release date and trailer

Jungle Book fans rejoice! Author Rudyard Kipling's character, who became a favorite, Mowgli is returning to the screens.

In a retelling directed by Andy Serkis, 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' will be coming to the streaming giant, Netflix.

At their Singapore event, Netflix revealed a new trailer for the movie and announced its exclusive limited theatrical release date.

Read all about it here.

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Netflix announces theatrical release date, trailer for 'Mowgli'


All about the release dates

The film will begin its exclusive theatrical engagements from November 29 across several major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and London.

Netflix will globally release the film on their platform on December 7.

Following this launch, there will be an expanded theatrical release, wherein 'Mowgli' will be screened in certain additional theaters in the USA and the UK.

Trailer details

What does the trailer show us?

The trailer shows a mixture of CGI and action sequences as the actor Rohan Chand plays the titular character, Mowgli.

The story follows around the orphaned boy, brought up by wolves, who tries to balance his animalistic life with his human instincts.

Walking a tightrope between two lives, Mowgli encounters and overcomes dangers on the paths to accepting his identity, and becoming the legend we know.

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The folks behind the film

Serkis who is both directing and acting in the movie is famous for playing Gollum in 'Lord of the Rings'.

He is joined by Chand, the protagonist, as we mentioned.

Other notable cast members include Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Naomie Harris, and Matthew Rhys.

With such a stellar cast, it would be safe to assume that the movie will succeed.

New alliances are always better

Serkis' 'Mowgli' movie was initially produced by Warner Bros. who originally planned to release it in October 2016. However, when Jon Favreau's Disney movie beat them to it, they pushed the dates back to 2017, then 2019, before selling it to Netflix, earlier this year.


Netflix and theatrical releases

Netflix's decision to relax their rules regarding theatrical releases of certain movies is laudable.

It made this exception for award hopeful movies like Susanne Brier's 'Bird Box', Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' and the Coen Brothers' 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'.

This is to ensure that traditionalists enjoy the movie-going experience and to also attract big directors like Martin Scorsese to give their films Netflix releases.

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