A new King Kong?

Ever wanted to know how Kong became king of Skull Island? The producers developing a new prequel to the giant ape tale hope you do.

Spirit Pictures have grabbed up the rights to Kong: King Of Skull Island, which was written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland and published around the time Peter Jackson was working on his Kong pic.

It doesn't look like Jackson is involved in this one - and he's a bit busy these days anyway - and Spirit is looking to create the thing using the motion-capture system so beloved of Robert Zemeckis.

So what would it involve? The book tracks Kong's rise to power, and will boast more dinosaurs and other giant apes, so be prepared for some giant mammal rumbles.

The company got the rights after hashing out a deal with original Kong co-director Merian C Cooper's estate. "We're very concerned with honoring Merian C. Cooper's legacy in Hollywood," says producer Steve Iles. "We want to make sure that whatever we deliver will honour his memory."

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