Now that Kong: Skull Island has proven to be a success and even outgrossed Godzilla worldwide, it is looking like Legendary’s decision to build a shared monster movie universe was a smart one. However, the next movie in the series doesn’t hit theatres until 2019, so how can they maintain this momentum in the meantime? A TV series seems like one possibility and, as it turns out, there is currently one in the works. However, it is being set up by a different studio and is completely unrelated although it also happens to be called King Kong Skull Island… that’s not confusing at all! Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television are teaming up for a live-action King Kong TV series called King Kong Skull Island. Written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The Bye Bye Man), this is described as “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.” This will be the first live-action show set in the Kong universe, although there have been several animated series featuring King Kong including The Mighty Kong and Kong: The Animated Series.
If you’re wondering how another company can legally work with this property at the same time as Legendary Pictures, it is because the rights are spread across several different entities. Merian C. Cooper’s estate owns the book and publishing rights to the character and they gave their blessing to artist Joe DeVito a few years back to create a book called Kong: King of Skull Island that acted as an origin story. He tried pitching it as a TV series and last year sued Legendary for stealing his ideas. Now it looks like those ideas will end up on the small screen after all. Do you have any interest in a Kong live-action TV series?