‘King Kong’ Series In The Works At Disney+

Disney is reportedly in very early development on a new live-action King Kong series. James Wan‘s Atomic Monster will develop the project for Disney+, with Paper Girls creator Stephany Folsom writing the series.

The show is expected to be a serialized action-adventure drama that brings the classic monster story into the modern age, with a return to Skull Island and the dawn of a new Kong. The show will explore the mythology of King Kong’s origin story and the supernatural mysteries of his home, taking inspiration from Merian C. Cooper‘s original books and Joe DeVito‘s new novelizations.

A live-action series titled King Kong Skull Island was in development around five years ago with a different creative team, and was also based on Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island, but it did not come to fruition. There was also a recent anime series for Netflix simply titled Skull Island.

Disney will be hoping that this series can build off Kong’s 90-year-old legacy as well as the success of the recent Kong movies, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

Wan has long been considered an excellent franchise starter, so having his production company on board for the show is a good sign. In addition to creating sci-fi series Paper Girls, Folsom also worked with Amazon on upcoming series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

The King Kong series is only in early development right now, so expect more news to trickle down over the coming months.


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