Film and television rights are a silly thing and thanks to the rights being a bit open on ‘King Kong’ we’re going to see a ‘King Kong Skull Island’ television series brought to us by IM Global Television and MarVista Entertainment. It needs to be stressed right off the bat that this has nothing to do with the creature feature ‘Kong: Skull Island‘ which was recently released to rave reviews outside of taking a name that can confuse casual audiences. This show will have nothing to do with the MonsterVerse and is instead being called 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.”
I’m not saying that I dislike the idea behind the series and think the plot sounds fun, but the fact that they are going with such a similar name strikes me as more than a little deceptive.
The show will be based on Merian C. Cooper’s along with DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island. It is being penned by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title.
According to MarVista CEO Fernando Szew:
“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. It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers’ homes.”
IM Global Television President Mark Stern added in that:
“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.”
With this being based on the 1933 original where King Kong died at the end of the tale it could very well be that the Ape won’t make an appearance though I’m sure that they’ll find a way to make his presence known.
Are you looking forward to ‘King Kong: Skull Island’ or do you feel that they are too blatantly misleading audiences with the title? Share your thoughts below!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!