Disney Branded Television is working on a series based on the 1938 King Kong film. The series will be live-action and was conceived by producer and director Merian C. Cooper along with novelizations by artist Joe DeVito. It will also be made with the Cooper estate. The script is being worked on by Stephany Folsom. Folsom is also set to executive produce with James Wan, Michael Clear, Rob Hacket, and also Dannie Festa of World Builder Entertainment.
This version of King Kong will not be connected to the Monsterverse series from Legendary Entertainment. This is where Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong came from. Legendary Entertainment is also working on a TV project at Apple TV+ and also an animated show for Netflix.
This version of King Kong for Disney+ would be a serialized adventure story. It would return to Skull Island and explore both the mythology and mystery of Kong’s home. The 1933 version of King Kong is a classic hit and had cutting-edge special effects at the time for Kong. Since then, it has been remade twice. One was in 1976 by John Guillermin and the other was in 2005 by Peter Jackson.
The rights to the King Kong character are very complicated. For example, Legendary films have only used the “Kong” part of the name to refer to the giant ape. It is unknown at this time what exactly Disney will be able to use.
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