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.