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“King Kong: Skull Island” Taking a Trip to Television?!

I find the rights behind major properties quite interesting, especially when we’re talking about huge franchises like King Kong. While some people/companies own film rights, others will tackle the book or novelizations. This is separate from the characters intellectual properties, not to mention real-life news articles that become free reign once published. So where do King Kong and its main character fit? Well, someone other than Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are behind an upcoming television series. This one is based on artwork by Joe DeVito (above) and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, which he directed (uncredited) in 1933.

MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have teamed for “King Kong Skull Island”, the first-ever live action TV program set in the Kong Universe, Deadline reports.

Written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The Bye Bye Man), “King Kong: Skull Island” 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.

Neill Marshall was once in talks to direct Skull Island: Blood of the King in 2013. Prior to that, back in 2009 we reported that Spirit Pictures has acquired the rights to the book and planned a feature.

It will be interesting to see if Legendary or Warner Bros. attempt any legal action, although the fact that this project has been in development for nearly a decade speaks volumes about its potential.



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  • Josh_the_Jawa

    I love most things Kong, but I’m at a loss on how they plan to do this. Sounds expensive. Also, anyone associated with the Bye Bye Man being involved with this has me worried. Oh well, let’s hope for the best.

    • Wes Draven

      And, they weren’t small contributors to The Bye Bye Man either, the two mentioned are husband and wife, with the husband writing the script and the wife directing the film, and they have no other particularly known works other than a TV Lone Ranger film.

  • Simon Allen

    Yawn ….Skull Island was absolutely dreadful ….a paper thin story, distinctly average CGI and a bunch of actors stumbling about like they had wandered in from another movie shouting a hackneyed script at each other …..should fit right in on TV .

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