King Kong Live-Action Series Based on Merian C. Cooper’s Story is Coming to Disney+

The King Kong franchise is expanding with a live-action series about the giant’s origins. At Disney+, the project is still in its early stages.

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A well-known monster is making its way to Disney+. King Kong (working title), a Disney+ series based on the original story of the famous ape, is in very early development by Disney Branded Television. Deals for the project, from James Wan’s Atomic Monster, have just closed, and it would be the first live-action series set in the Kong universe.

Previous Making

The 1933 King Kong was a critical and popular success, with groundbreaking special effects for its depiction of Kong. It was remade twice, first in 1976 (directed by John Guillermin) and then again in 2005. (by Peter Jackson). The character’s rights are complicated; Legendary has only used the “Kong” part of the name to refer to the giant ape in its films.

The Project Comes From

Atomic Monster Productions and World Builder Entertainment are behind the project. Executive producers include Wan, Michael Clear, Rob Hackett, and Dannie Festa. Festa was previously attached to MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television’s “King Kong Skull Island,” a live-action series reportedly about Skull Island’s origins that was in development but never saw the light of day.

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King Kong was most recently seen in three Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures films: “Kong: Skull Island” (2017), “Godzilla: King of Monsters” (2019), and “Godzilla vs. Kong” (2019). (2021). Each of these is a part of the “MonsterVerse,” a franchise collective.

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Signifacnce of the Series

‘King Kong’ is a serialised action/adventure drama that brings the classic monster story into the modern age, with a return to Skull Island and the birth of a new Kong,” Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports. “Based on IP from Merian C. Cooper’s original books and Joe DeVito’s new King Kong novelizations, the series will explore the mythology of King Kong’s origin story and the supernatural mysteries of his home.”

The Separate Entity

Apple is currently prepping a series about Godzilla and the Titans. That is connected to the Monsterverse films. But the King Kong Disney+ show is a separate entity.

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The Project may be begins

Given the ongoing Warner Bros. Discovery merger saga, it’s worth noting that Warner Bros. and the MonsterVerse did not “lose” the rights to Kong. An untitled “Godzilla vs. Kong” sequel film is already in the works, with director Adam Wingard attached. The project is expected to begin filming later this year, with the goal of reaching audiences by March 14, 2024.

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Representatives for Disney Branded Television could not immediately be reached for comment on the new “King Kong” TV show.

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The Producing Credits

CAA, Stacey Testro International, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light represent Wan, whose TV credits include MacGyver and Swamp Thing.

Folsom, who created and executive produces Amazon’s sci-fi series Paper Girls as well as the upcoming fantasy series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, is repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.

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