The notorious giant gorilla is due to get a new TV series, offering a contemporary take on the classic monster franchise, notably thanks to a female lead.
The independent production company MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have announced their collaboration on "King Kong Skull Island," the King Kong franchise's first live-action TV series. The project, which isn't yet linked to any TV network, will be written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title, who previously penned the horror movie "The Bye Bye Man."
The screenwriters will give the mythical tale a modern spin, promising "a female-led multicultural ensemble." Contrary to what the series title may suggest, the serialization is not based on the latest movie in the King Kong universe, "Kong: Skull Island," released in March. The project is, in fact, based on Merian C. Cooper's "King Kong" -- the first movie version dating from 1933 -- and DeVito ArtWorks' "Skull Island." The series will explore the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.
King Kong has already inspired eight big-screen productions, including Peter Jackson's 2005 version. A ninth is already planned for 2020, in which the gorilla goes up against another fantastical movie monster, Godzilla. King Kong has also been the subject of three animated series, including "Kong: King of the Apes" on Netflix, focusing on the monster's youth.