The Little Prince

Mark Osborne’s much-anticipated The Little Prince has already wowed audiences at Cannes with its combination of CGI visuals and storybook stop-motion animation, earning it the title of “most successful film abroad” in French movie-making history. Now, less than a week after it was suddenly and inexplicably dropped by its U.S. distributor Paramount—just days before its planned Stateside release—the film has been acquired by Netflix, with plans for a release on the streaming service later this year.

An adaptation of a beloved, oft-translated 1943 novella from French author and aviator Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, Osborne’s movie tells the story of a young girl who breaks away from her mother’s all-consuming study regimen to befriend her elderly neighbor. The old pilot delights her with tales of the eponymous character, a visitor from a distant asteroid who becomes stranded in one of Earth’s vast deserts. Osborne—Oscar nominated for his work on Kung Fu Panda—assembled a ridiculously good voice cast to capture his story’s dialogue; Jeff Bridges plays the aging Aviator, while Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Albert Brooks, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, and a healthy handful of other high-profile actors all contributed their talents to the film.

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It’s not clear why Paramount decided to drop the movie, which was expected to open in U.S. theaters tomorrow. It’ll likely be to Netflix’s gain, though; the service hasn’t announced exactly when The Little Prince will be available to stream.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]