Netflix to the rescue! Last week, Paramount made a baffling decision, pulling the stop-motion animated adaptation of The Little Prince from the release schedule days before it was set to arive in theaters (it would have opened tomorrow, March 18). Paramount has yet to comment on the somewhat mystyfying and certainly unusual decision, but now THR reports that Netflix has aquired the rights to distribute The Little Prince movie in the US.
Paramount’s international arm released The Little Prince in France last summer, and the film has grossed just shy of $80 million overseas (through various distributors) and took home the Caesar award last month for Best Animated Picture.
Directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), The Little Prince features a stellar voice cast, including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd,Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, and Paul Giamatti. The film is based on the beloved 1943 novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert who encounters a mysterious young boy claiming to be an inerplanetary traveller on a mission to return to the small asteroid he calls home, and their subsequent dialogue about philosophy, imagination, and human nature.
No word yet on when the film will hit the streaming platform, but if you start stocking up on tissues now, you should probably be ok. Until then, you can check out the trailer below.