Trailer of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is dark, gritty and captivating

Actor-director Andy Serkis announcing the release date of his movie Mowgli at Netflix's See What's Asia event in Singapore.                  Aloysius Low  CNET

Actor-director Andy Serkis announcing the release date of his movie Mowgli at Netflix's See What's Asia event in Singapore. Aloysius Low CNET

WB and Serkis no doubt assumed Disney's version would be colorful and musical, thereby making Mowgli stand apart, but that wasn't the case, so the release date was pushed back and Serkis kept tinkering with the film via motion-capture.

After the world shelled out almost $1 billion for Jon Favreau's live-action take on The Jungle Book, Warner Bros. realized it may be hard to attain the same level of attention for Andy Serkis' take on the same story, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

As well as directing, Serkis voices the role of Baloo the bear in the CGI live action film.

The upcoming Netflix film will be released in an exclusive limited theatrical engagement beginning on November 29 and launching globally on the streaming service on December 7. From there, Mowgli will launch in additional theaters throughout the US and the United Kingdom.

The difference here, though, is that Mowgli isn't the typical text-to-screen translation of The Jungle Book with which most people are familiar. An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, the film stars Rohan Chand as Mowgli, the feral child raised by wolves in a jungle in central India. Thankfully, Mowgli has his mentors Baloo and Bagheera at his side to teach him everything he needs to know about the harshness of the wilderness and how to avoid ticking off Shere Khan, who refuses to accept the human boy as a member of the animal kingdom.