Disney+ is taking audiences back to Skull Island.
A live-action King Kong series is now in the early stages of production at the streaming service. The Disney Branded Television project will be based on the 1933 film developed by producer and director Merian C. Cooper, as well as more current novelizations by artist Joe DeVito, created in collaboration with Cooper’s estate.
Along with James Wan (Aquaman), Michael Clear, Rob Hackett, and Dannie Feste of World Builder Entertainment, Stephany Folsom is engaged in penning the screenplay and executive producing.
This King Kong is unrelated to the Monsterverse series produced by Legendary Entertainment, which has released two films starring the enormous ape (Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong) and is now developing a television project for Apple TV+ and an animated Netflix series.
The Disney+ series will be a serialized journey that takes viewers back to Skull Island to explore more about its mysterious history.
King Kong, released in 1933, was a success with both critics and viewers with its portrayal of Kong included groundbreaking visual effects. It was recreated in 1976 (under the direction of John Guillermin) and 2005 (by Peter Jackson). Because of the tangled legal situation surrounding the character’s ownership, the Legendary films have only utilized the “Kong” portion of the name when referring to the massive ape.