‘The Little Prince,’ a movie version based loosely on a children’s book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, randomly disappeared from theatrical release recently, leaving fans of the book in the US curious if they’d ever get the chance to see the film stateside. ‘The Little Prince’ had done well internationally, with a box office take nearing $90 million, so it seemed odd that the film wouldn’t have released on its planned date of March 18th.
But THR is reporting that Netflix has stepped up and purchased rights to the film, meaning fans in the US will get access to the movie later in 2016.
‘The Little Prince’ has some big names associated with the voice acting behind the animations, including James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Ricky Jervais Paul Rudd, Jeff Bridges and Benicio del Toro.
For those less familiar with ‘The Little Prince’ the children’s book doesn’t stick strictly to the original source material, but instead uses it to create a new story.
There was very little explanation as to why the US distributor decided not to release the film in theaters, but Netflix has agreed to release the film on its streaming service later this year. No date is set officially yet. This is not the first time Netflix has released a movie pulled from theaters, as ‘The Interview’ featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco travel to North Korea in an attempt to kill the country’s dictator.
You can watch the trailer for ‘The Little Prince’ below: