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King Kong is getting prepared for more screen time. On the heels of Kong: Skull Island. It looks like the well has not yet run dry, and we will be getting more of the giant hairy ape with a passion for young women.
King Kong seems to have a movie for every generation. Appearing first in the 1933 classic by RKO King Kong, following up with the sequel Son of Kong. In the 1960s, Toho – known for the Godzilla franchise – took on the task of getting the giant ape on screen. Creating the films King Kong Vs Godzilla (1962) and King Kong Escapes (1967).
In 1976, we got what was my first viewing of King Kong. Brought to us by Paramount Pictures it was the most realistic version we had seen of Kong yet. Using animatronics instead of monkey suits and Claymation. On top of this it brought some big name stars with it, casting Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange. It could have had Meryl Streep in it but she says that she was turned down for the role for not being pretty enough. I think she made up for it by being the most celebrated actress of all time. There was a very ho hum sequel to this version in 1986 with King Kong Lives.
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Then comes a version that actually made the feelings well up inside of me. Peter Jackson’s King Kong in 2005. It made you actually feel for the ape. It also lead to the fantastic performances we have gotten out of Andy Serkis in the new Planet of the Apes films, as he did all the motion capture for Kong. I still think Serkis should have been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Most recently we got the biggest Kong yet, in Kong: Skull Island. Huge is an understatement, but you had to make him bigger if he was going to go up against the newest version of Godzilla. That being the next film we will be getting with King Kong in 2020 Godzilla Vs Kong.
Big Ape, Small Screen
The amount of movies for Kong have shown the fan base is there. This isn’t even counting the amount of times King Kong has appeared on TV. The King Kong Show (1966), Kong: The Animated Series (2000), and Kong: King of the Apes (2016) have all been versions of Kong on TV.
Now news has broken that there will be a new live action show of King Kong coming to our TV Screens. Reported by Deadline. Being created by MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television. King Kong Skull Island will be the first live action TV show in the Kong world. Being written by Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title.
The article states “King Kong Skull Island is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.”
The CEO of MarVista, Fernando Szew, talked about the feel of the show.
“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.”
IM Global TV president Mark Stern also talked about how entrenched King Kong is into pop culture.
“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.”
Thoughts from the Peanut Gallery
After shows like Lost, I’m sure they can bring the right amount of effects to the television world that would give us a compelling story on Skull Island. I’m usually one of the first people to say that Hollywood needs to find something new. But this does sound like an intriguing idea. I’m looking forward to what comes.
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