Kong: Skull Island came out this past March, the second part of the MonsterVerse which also includes 2014’s Godzilla. The film wasn’t a smash hit, but still a success, raking in $550 million worldwide so far, on a budget of $185 million. Not bad for a March release without “Batman” or “Superman” in the title. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is up next in 2019, with Godzilla Vs. Kong following the next year in 2020. Besides all that, no Kong solo-sequel has been announced, but now it looks like television may be the place to continue the story started in Skull Island.
Deadline reports that King Kong Skull Island (yes, that is the current title, putting the “King” back in “King Kong”) will be the first live-action TV show set in the Kong universe. The writers of The Bye Bye Man, Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title, are writing the series based on the original work of King Kong (1933) writer Merian C. Cooper and the recent film Skull Island. It will be “a 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.” No word yet on which network will pick up the show.
Though the series is titled King Kong Skull Island, There’s no real word yet on how official a part of the MonsterVerse this project is. The whole premise just sounds like a longer version of Kong: Skull Island, though I doubt there would be much crossover between the films and the series. I’m expecting more of a Marvel Cinematic Universe deal where the film informs the show, but the show has little to no impact on the movies.
I’d still like to see Kong: Skull Island‘s director’s vision for a spin-off, especially in the form of a serialized television show. Jordan Vogt-Roberts proposed a story featuring a younger version of John C. Reilly’s character from the film and his enemy turned friend, Gunpei. Now that would get me excited!
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