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New King Kong TV Series in the Works

April 18, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

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MarVista Entertainment is teaming with IM Global Television for a King Kong television series. The companies announced today that they will develop, co-produce, and co-finance a series which is entirely unrelated to Legendary’s film franchise that kicked off with Kong: Skull Island. Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title will write and executive produce the series.

The series, which will be titled King Kong Skull Island, is based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and is described in the announcement as “a comprehensive King Kong universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series is 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.”

“It’s been a privilege to work with Joe DeVito and his truly unique, never-before-seen Kong universe,” said EP Dannie Festa. “We feel confident that it will be hugely appealing to fans all over the world.”

“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,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. “It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers’ homes.”

“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,” said IM Global Television President Mark Stern.

The character of King Kong has a complicated legal history. Time Warner owns the rights to the original 1933 RKO film and its sequel, while StudioCanal (international rights) and Paramount Pictures (domestic rights) own the 1976 remake and its sequel. Merian C. Cooper’s estate owns the book and publishing rights to Kong while Universal Studios own most of the rest of the rights, except the trademark to the character.

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