King Kong, one of cinemas most iconic creatures, has been depicted in a number of film and animated television shows since his debut in the original 1933 film. Now, Deadline reports that MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television are currently developing a live-action TV series featuring the King of the Apes titled King Kong Skull Island.
Based in the original film by director Merian C. Cooper and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island, the series will reportedly feature a female lead and a multicultural supporting cast. Written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title, the show will reportedly be a serialized and modern continuation of the original film.
MarVista CEO Fernando Szew commented on Penner and Title’s take on the Kong mythology.
“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.”
IM Global TV president Mark Stern added:
“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.”
The series will be developed, produced, and co-financed by Independent studio MarVista and IM Global TV with Penner and Title serving as executive producers alongside World Builder Entertainment’s Dannie Festa.
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