Netflix announced on Thursday that The Little Prince will premiere theatrically and on Netflix on August 5.
Based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1943 novel and adapted for the screen by “The Boxtrolls” writer Irena Brignull, the story follows a little girl whose mother has her whole life planned out for her, every minute, hour and day and moment of her life. Overwhelmed by the life plan, she becomes hesitant to grow up. Her neighbor, The Aviator, then introduces her to an extraordinary world where everything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.
The animated film is directed by Mark Osbourne who told EW that he, “really wanted to find a way to create a cinematic emotional experience that was equivalent to the emotional experience that someone can have reading the book.” Adding, “I really saw the movie as an opportunity to pay tribute to the power of the book. Not just adapt the book word for word, but a chance to adapt what the book means to people, and how it affects their lives.”
“The Little Prince” stars an outstanding voice cast which includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Bud Cort. The film first debuted at Cannes in 2015 and will also see a theatrical release in August.