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Spirit Pictures have picked up rights from the Merian C. Cooper family, owners of the 1933 "King Kong" movie property, to develop the book "Kong: King of Skull Island," a prequel to the original "King Kong" movie.
Written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, the novel recounts the backstory of 'Skull Island', and how 'Kong' became 'King', introducing more giant gorillas and dinosaurs.
"We're very concerned with honouring Merian C. Cooper's legacy in Hollywood," said Spirit's Steve Iles.
The new film would be produced using motion-capture technology, with Spirit's facility producing CG work.
Spirit also is developing "War Eagles," set in 1939 focusing on an ace fighter-pilot who tests a new jet, crash lands in the arctic and encounters a lost civilization thriving for centuries.
Scripts for both films are being written by Andy Briggs...