Female-Fronted King Kong TV Series Gets The Go-Ahead At MarVista Entertainment

King Kong Joe DeVito

King Kong Joe DeVito

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.

This new series will not be connected to Warner Bros.' movie Kong: Skull Island, or the upcoming Godzilla vs. King Kong.

The series is developed by MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television, executively produced by Dannie Festa (Trolls) along with Penner and Title.

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King Kong Skull Island is headed to a television or digital platform near you. "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". While it will not be connected to the film, it will have a familiar title, King Kong Skull Island.

A global box office haul of $553 million was enough for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' to be considered a bankable success, thereby setting up the next entry in Legendary's MonsterVerse - namely Godzilla: King of the Monsters - quite nicely.

"It's been a privilege to work with Joe DeVito and his truly unique, never-before-seen Kong universe", Festa said in a statement.

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No word on casting yet (probably because the producers themselves don't know), but MarVista CEO Fernando Szew told said the show would be "contemporary" and female-focused. The estate of Kong's creator approved of the show.

The rights to King Kong and the giant ape's various incarnations are spread across multiple companies. Instead, it will be a (dare I say?) sequel to the original 1933 black-and-white film starring Fay Wray.

There's clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story.

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