Netflix has purchased the worldwide distribution rights to Warner Bros upcoming CGI / live-action “Mowgli” based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book stories. Andy Serkis directed the film which was initially scheduled for theatrical release on October 19th but it will now launch in 2019 around the world on Netflix. It is thought that part of the deal will involve a theatrical release in 3-D as Serkis has been working hard on that aspect of the production. The film includes the voice talents of Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa and Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan with Serkis playing Baloo and will also be much darker than the recent Disney live-action Jungle Book.
Following on from this, Netflix have also purchased the rights to the 1945 novel “Animal Farm” by George Orwell which will be made into a motion-capture film by Andy Serkis. Serkis will be joined by Jonathan Cavendish and the pair have wanted to make the film for a number of years. The story is about a group of animals who rebel against their human owners and take over the farm. However, a pig called Napoleon takes things even further by then twisting their original intent.