King Kong burst into theaters last month with Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island,” but now it looks like the massive ape will soon make his way to television. According to Deadline, MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television are developing “King Kong: Skull Island,” a woman-led series that explores the locales and origins of Skull Island.
“King Kong: Skull Island” will star a multicultural ensemble and will be an adaptation of both Merian C. Cooper’s original “King Kong” film and Joe DeVito’s “Skull Island” universe. The series will be written by the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title, who will also act as executive producers on the show. Dannie Festa of World Builder Entertainment will also act as an executive producer.
“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,” Fernando Szew, CEO of MarVista, said in a statement.
“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story,” said Mark Stern, president of IM Global TV. “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.”
The television series will not be associated with this year’s “Kong: Skull Island.” In fact, the movie is a sore spot for DeVito, who last year sued Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures, claiming that the studios has stolen his idea for a Kong origin story after he had originally pitched the idea to Warner. Warner canned DeVito’s project, but later started production on what would become “Kong: Skull Island” with Legendary, sans DeVito.
In 2004, DeVito, Brad Strickland and John Michlig created the graphic novel “Kong: King of Skull Island,” which was published by Dark Horse. The novel followed the son of the showman who originally brought the giant ape to New York City, thus dooming the creature to a painful death, and his journey to discover what happened to the creature’s body after it was killed. The novel was endorsed by Cooper’s estate.
“King Kong: Skull Island” does not yet have a release date. In theaters now, “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly.