This winter sees the release of The Jungle Book, but as you know it, as Andy Serkis’ take on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic story finally arrives on both the big and small screen.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is rooted in Mowgli’s journey as an outsider, following a boy who’s torn between two worlds but accepts his destiny to become 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.
Joining Rohan Chand (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Lone Survivor) as Mowgli are Christian Bale as panther Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as sinister serpent Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as fierce tiger Shere Khan, Noami Harris as mother wolf Nisha and Serkis himself as bear Baloo.
Despite its impressive roster of talent, the live-action blockbuster has had an unfortunate production, thanks to Disney releasing its own live-action remake of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau. With the House of Mouse successfully beating Serkis’ project to the cinemas, Warner Bros. ultimately made the decision this year to sell the movie to Netflix – continuing the streaming giant’s growing role in finding a home for projects deemed as risky by nervous studios.
Netflix has committed to a theatrical run, but as has become apparent in recent months, as the streaming giant has increasingly embraced cinema releases for its original movies, those theatrical runs can be very limited: Netflix has so far teamed up with Curzon Cinemas primarily for its big screen distribution, but has also screened films at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and Glasgow’s Film Theatre. Mowgli, however, will only be released in one cinema this week: Curzon Victoria in London.
The movie will screen at 12:45 PM 6:15 PM on 29th November, followed by screeners of 12pm and 6.30pm on 30th November, 11.10am and 6.45pm on 1st December and 11.40am and 6.15pm on Sunday 2nd December. (Click here for information or to find tickets.)
Watch this space for any additional screenings we can confirm in the coming weeks. Otherwise, you can also see the film on Netflix from Friday 7th December. Watch the trailer here.