Andy Serkis Jungle Book Movie 'Mowgli' Heads to Netflix

Back in the day of A Bug's Life and Antz, having two films cover roughly the same story/setting wasn't such a strange and rare occurrence. We were reminded of this when Andy Serkis announced his plans for a live-action/CGI version of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book, called Mowgli, coming hot on the heels of Jon Favreau's Jungle Book.

Andy Serkis Jungle Book Movie 'Mowgli' Heads to Netflix
We were lucky enough to interview Mr. Serkis at SDCC 2017.

Andy Serkis, of course, is the pioneer and king behind motion-capture performance as an art style (one only needs to watch the modern Planet of the Apes films for proof of this), and he wanted to bring this unique visual storytelling to his Mowgli.

Originally, the film was slated for an October 19th world-wide theatrical release from Warner Bros., but now the film will instead be released globally on Netflix. Reportedly, the Netflix release will have some kind of "theatrical component", allowing at-home audiences to fully experience the 3D aspect of the picture.

Rohan Chand is playing the title role of Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves who becomes part of the jungle despite being a human. Christian Bale is Bagheera, Cate Blanchett is Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch is Shere Khan, Naomie Harris is Nisha, and Serkis will play Baloo. Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Freida Pinto are also in the cast as human/live-action characters.

Mowgli is expected to release sometime in 2019 on Netflix.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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