Netflix planning futuristic animated King Kong series for kids

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Not content with their original television series and movie deals, Netflix are moving forward with an animated series for kids called Kong – King of the Apes; created by 41 Entertainment with Avi Arad (Iron Man, Spider-Man) on board as executive producer. The series is set to premier in 2016 with a full-length feature movie, followed by twelve half-hour long episodes.

However it’s not following the typical Skull Island origin of the King of the Apes we’re used to, but instead:

Set in 2050, Kong becomes a wanted fugitive after wrecking havoc at Alcatraz Island’s Natural History and Marine Preserve. What most humans on the hunt for the formidable animal don’t realize, though, is that Kong was framed by an evil genius who plans to terrorize the world with an army of enormous robotic dinosaurs. As the only beast strong enough to save humanity from the mechanical dinos, Kong must rely on the help of three kids who know the truth about him.

I assume he was helped by a former guesht with a unique knowledge of the fashility and a proclivity for prom queens.

In a statement Netflix’s CCO Ted Sarandos (I seem to be saying that name a lot lately) said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Avi who has made some of the most successful action and adventure franchises today and whose Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventureseries has been very popular on Netflix around the world. With 41 Entertainment as our partner on this, we continue to work with some of the finest animation studios around the world to create shows that will appeal to kids of all ages globally.”

Avi Arad was a bit more reserved: “I always loved King Kong. This is a unique opportunity to introduce him in brilliant CGI animation to kids worldwide with the power of Netflix.”

It definitely seems something aimed directly at the kids from the synopsis, but maybe they’ll throw something in for us older kids too. Godzilla team-up anyone?

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Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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