King Kong Live-Action Series In Early Development For Disney Plus (I Am Not Thrilled)
Kong in recent years has managed to smash his way back onto the silver-screen in the Monsterverse series with Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla vs Kong, the untitled fifth film coming in 2024, and the new Netflix anime series Skull Island rumored to release Fall of this year. Kong is making it big and he is about to take on a whole new enemy in a new series unrelated to the Monsterverse. In an exclusive from Deadline, James Wan's production company Atomic Monster Productions have signed on to work on a live-action King Kong series for Disney+.
According to the article, "King Kong is 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. The series 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."
Paper Girls creator and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power producer Stephany Folsom will be the show’s writer and James Wan will be executive producer alongside with Michael Clear and Rob Hackett from Atomic Monster Productions and Dannie Festa and Marc Manus from World Builder Entertainment.
To be frank with all of you, I am not excited for this show at all. The Rings of Power show has already been proven to be a flop after releasing same day as the Game of Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon. Also, with "diversity" being a controversial problem since the production of the Lord of the Rings spinoff show and poisoning most of Disney's key franchises (Star Wars and Marvel), I can definitely see the King Kong show getting the same "diversity" treatment. In an era where the toxicity of social justice ideology has run rampant, story would just be an after-thought. In the past, King Kong was once just a beauty and the beast kind of story. Today, King Kong is looked at as an allegory for black slavery and white supremacism (which is bullshit).
Also, I have experienced a politically correct version of King Kong when I went to see the live Broadway show. You can check out my review by either clicking here or by scrolling down to the bottom, but to make the long story short it was a pile of political correctness crap that I never want to see touching Kong nor any other giant monster franchise ever again. Nice stage sets and very well made puppets, yet the story really suffered because it tried to focus more on Anne Darrow being a strong, black woman rather than telling the story that made King Kong iconic.
I will keep my eye on the show's development, but I do pray that I am wrong and the show doesn't heavily rely on political correctness and focuses more on story. For now, I can't say I am thrilled about Disney dipping their fungal infested toes into the giant monster genre and starting it off with King Kong. If the show does go woke, then King Kong will surely go broke and I am not ready to see King Kong going broke. Only time will tell.
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