Live Action King Kong TV Series in Development
Get ready to journey back to Skull Island as IM Global Television, and MarVista Entertainment is putting together a new TV series that will explore the birthplace of King Kong like never before.
Taking inspiration from both Merian C. Cooper's King Kong and Skull Island from DeVito Artworks, the series will be written by The Bye Bye Man duo Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title. King Kong: Skull Island is described as a "serialised, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins."
CEO of IM Global Television, Mark Stern, made a statement and promised to deliver a "gripping tale of survival and adventure."
“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacy and Jonathan’s approach to this adaptation and look forward to partnering with MarVista as we bring this gripping tale of survival and adventure to life for a new generation of Kong fans.”
MarVista CEO Fernando Szew added:
"Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin. It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers' homes.”
My favourite part of any King Kong movie is the time the characters spend on Skull Island. Well, to be specific it's the characters getting eaten alive by monstrous creatures that are my favourite parts. The recent Kong: Skull Island might have been a fun romp (and generated more than half a billion dollars at the box office), but it only scratched the surface of what horrors the mysterious island has to offer.
Following three animated TV spin-offs, the most recent being Netflix's Kong: King Of The Apes, this will be the first ever live-action series based on King Kong. It remains unclear how much of the series Kong will feature in, but you can't call a TV show King Kong: Skull Island and not have the big guy show up at some point.
Meanwhile, Kong's big screen adventures will continue in 2020 when he throws down with Godzilla in the aptly titled Godzilla vs Kong.