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‘King Kong: Skull Island’ TV Series in Development, But Not As a Spinoff

King Kong Skull Island TV Series
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The legendary King Kong got more than a few moments in the sun with Kong: Skull Island, but can the eighth wonder of the world even fit into TV? We’ll find out, as a new live-action King Kong series is reportedly in development, but not set within Legendary’s growing monster-verse.

Deadline reports that MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have begun developing a King Kong: Skull Island live-action series, as based on Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island. The ensemble is said to be female-led, with a shade-tossing synopsis that reads:

Based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series 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.

Said MarVista:

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.

And IM Global Television President Mark Stern:

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.

It’s early yet, and there’s no implied connection to the recent Legendary film, or its upcoming crossover with Godzilla, but stay tuned to see what develops of a King Kong: Skull Island TV series.

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