After a long, bumpy journey, 'Mowgli' settles in at Netflix

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

In this Nov. 28, 2018 photo, Andy Serkis, left, and Rohan Chand pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles to promote their film "Mo

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli in a scene from the film, "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle," streaming on Netflix on Friday. (

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli in a scene from the film, "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle," streaming on Netflix on Friday. (

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli, left, and the character Nishi, voiced by Naomie Harris, in a scene from the film, "Mowgli:

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli, left, and the character Nishi, voiced by Naomie Harris, in a scene from the film, "Mowgli:

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli, right, and the character Bagheera, voiced by Christian Bale, in a scene from the film, "Mo

This image released by Netflix shows Rohan Chand as Mowgli, right, and the character Bagheera, voiced by Christian Bale, in a scene from the film, "Mo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor and director Andy Serkis says he was shocked when he found out Warner Bros. was considering selling his big budget "The Jungle Book" adaptation to Netflix.

But Serkis says he realized soon that it was the best outcome for his film, which is a darker rendering of Rudyard Kipling's tales than the popular Disney versions. This way, "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle" will be available to 117 million subscribers worldwide immediately.

"Mowgli" hits Netflix on Friday.