On the heels of King Kong making his feature return with Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island, the famous movie monster is heading to television. MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have teamed for King Kong Skull Island, the first live-action TV program set in the Kong Universe.
Written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The Bye Bye Man), the series is based on Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island. King Kong Skull Island is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.
Independent studio MarVista and IM Global TV — a joint venture of independent studio IM Global, Chinese digital giant Tencent and Tang Media Partners — will develop, co-produce and co-finance the series. The executive producers are Penner and Title, Oscar nominees for 1993 short film Down on the Waterfront, as well as Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment.
“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,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew.
Added IM Global TV 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.”
King Kong has been the subject of eight feature films, with a ninth, Godzilla Vs. Kong, slated for 2020, as well as three animated TV series — most recently Netflix’s Kong: King of the Apes.
Penner and Title are repped by Festa, Paradigm and attorney Andy Galker. DeVito Artworks is repped by Festa and attorney Robert Seigel.