Female-Led King Kong Skull Island TV Series is in the Works!
MarVista Entertainment has announced today a partnership with IM Global Television to develop, co-produce, and co-finance a King Kong television series, which is completely unrelated to the recent Kong: Skull Island.
Shortly after menacing Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in the cineplexes, the giant gorilla is setting his sights on TV. IM Global and MarVista Entertainment are teaming up to reinvent “King Kong Skull Island,” the companies announced in a joint release on Tuesday. As such, it will be the first live-action TV version of Kong following the animated series The King Kong Show (1966), Kong: The Animated Series (2000) and Kong: King Of The Apes (2016).
Based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series is a serialized, 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. Academy Award nominees Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are attached as writers/executive producers. Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment will executive produce.
Mark Stern, formerly of Syfy and now CEO of IM Global Television, comments, “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.”
Adds, Fernando Szew, CEO of MarVista: "Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contempoary, female-focused spin."
The announcement is no doubt exciting news for fans of King Kong, who has thus far appeared in eight feature films since the original in 1933. The project has yet to be taken out to networks and streaming services. The recent “Kong: Skull Island” grossed more than $552 million worldwide.