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'Mowgli..' to have theatrical release before Netflix debut

IANS  |  Singapore 

Actor-filmmaker Andy Serkis' upcoming "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" will get a theatrical release before streaming on

The streaming platform said it will give the a limited theatrical release from November 29 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and And "Mowgli" will be screened globally on from December 7, it was announced by officials here.

bought the from in July. The acquisition is believed to be one of Netflix's costliest ever purchases. Warner had planned to release the movie in October.

The move is also in line with commitments to give theatrical releases to Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," the Coen brothers' "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" and "Bird Box."

The film will see giving a radical spin to the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about a boy raised in the jungle and newcomer in the title role.

In an earlier interview to IANS, Freida Pinto, who plays a key role in the movie had said the makers are under pressure to make "Mowgli" acceptable in with its darker theme.

"There's a nice little surprise there for the Indian audience. It is a film that I am very proud of and also because it is a story we all grew up on," Freida said.

The movie has voice and motion capture performances from Christian Bale Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and

It tells the story of an Indian boy named Mowgli, wandering in an enchanting with an entourage of his animal friends and fighting for survival.

Mowgli's adventures have made way for several adaptations like the popular eponymous 1967 animated film or Jon Favreau's re-imagination with the same name. However, Serkis' "Mowgli", starring Rohan Chand, will have shades of grey.

"The film is darker, but is still positive. It is just more realistic with humans and a sense of mystery," the film's cinematographer had told IANS.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 13:30 IST