Spirit Develops “Kong: King of Skull Island”

Spirit Pictures has picked up the rights to the book “Kong: King of Skull Island,” a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape, and will produce a mo-cap film for it says Variety.

Penned by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, the story focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.

The family of the original 1933 film’s director Merian C. Cooper, who own the Kong property, brokered the rights to Spirit who are very concerned with “honoring Merian C. Cooper’s legacy in Hollywood”.

Utilizing the motion-capture technology used in the likes of “The Polar Express” and “Beowulf”, Spirit’s own facility will produce the CG work.

Arnold Kunert and Steve Iles are set to produce and Andy Briggs is penning the script.