Return to the land of the giant ape…
MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television are teaming up to bring the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ to the small screen with King Kong:Skull Island, which won’t in any way be connected to Legendary Entertainment’s recently released Kong:Skull Island. Apart from having almost exactly the same title, that is.
King Kong’s TV debut will be written by husband and wife team, Jonathan Penner and Stacey Title, who will also serve as the series’ executive producers. The series will be an adaptation of Merian C Cooper’s original King Kong, and Joe DeVito’s illustrated novel ‘Kong:King of Skull Island.’ Though this time, the focus will be on a team of multicultural women visiting the giant ape’s Indian Ocean island home; so, right-wing pundits will just have to dub it ‘King Kong vs the Feminist Agenda.’
DeVito’s ‘Kong:King of Skull Island’ acts as a sequel to the original King Kong, taking place after Kong was felled from the top of the Empire State building; and following Vincent Denham, the son of the film director who kidnapped the ape from his natural habitat. It also, explores Kong’s background, and introduces an arch-enemy in the form of Gaw (love child of Smaug and Godzilla); killer of Mummy and Daddy Kong.
Mark Stern, CEO of IM Global said: “There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacey 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.”
CEO of MarVista, Fernando Szew added: “ Jonathan and Stacey have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin.”
No further details have been released in regards to plot, but if King Kong:Skull Island is set in the 21st Century…the introduction of drones into the series could mean the titular giant ape has a relatively short shelf life.
At least there’s no sign of the son of Kong or Lady Kong.
King Kong:Skull Island’s air date is yet to be confirmed.