Kong: Skull Island, the second entry in Warner Bros.’ “MonsterVerse,” which also includes 2014’s Godzilla, as well as the upcoming film Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), and the inevitable Godzilla vs. Kong (2020), hit theaters just over a month ago.
Now, as reported by Deadline, there will be a not-totally-related King Kong TV show called King Kong Skull Island. It will reportedly feature “a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.”
The live-action series will be written by The Bye Bye Man’s Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title, adapted from the novelization of Merian C. Cooper’s original 1932 film King Kong and DeVito Artworks’ Skull Island comics. IM Global is co-producing the series (it does not yet have a network attached), and president Mark Stern explained the choice to Deadline saying “There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story.” A timeless story about a really big animal that exists in the same universe as a different really big animal. Coming to a small screen near you.
The first two films in the “MonsterVerse” have together raked in over $1 billion for Warner Bros. at the box office, so it’s clear why TV producers would want in. And it is, I suppose, worth noting that both those films have Rotten Tomatoes scores about three times those of the studio’s recent superhero films, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (28 percent) and the Academy Award-winning Suicide Squad (25 percent).