A brand new King Kong project is in the works with the iconic monster heading to Disney+. Deadline reports that the new series is very early in development and is operating under the working title of “King Kong.”
James Wan’s Atomic Monster has been brought on board to produce the series which is described as 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.”
Paper Girls creator Stephany Folsom will write the series which will explore the mythology of King Kong’s origin story and the supernatural mysteries of his home based on IP from Merian C. Cooper’s original books and the new King Kong novelizations by Joe DeVito.
In Deadline’s exclusive report, they add that “The Merian C. Cooper Estate had teamed up with artist Joe DeVito to produce new novelizations that are being used as source material for the series, along with the original book IP.”
Disney is not the only streaming service set to delve into the world of Kaiju. Apple TV+ is currently developing its own live-action series that is set to focus on Godzilla and the Titans. However, the two series will not be connected. Apple’s series will take place in the Monsterverse and will follow on from the events of 2015’s Godzilla film, whereas Disney’s version is set to be a standalone series.
The original King Kong film debuted in 1933 and became an instant classic. The character has since been used in many different releases which include Godzilla vs. Kong, Kong: Skull Island and Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake.