From Skull Island to New York, King Kong has been tearing up the place for the past 75 years in movies, animated TV series and,now his first live action television show. King Kong: Skull Island is in development, and we've got an exclusive inside look at the show with producer Mark Stern, who provides us with some hints on what we can expect.
FHM: Creatively and logistically, how do you make it interesting to have a giant monkey be your star week after week?
Mark Stern: "It's not about the monkey. First of all, he's an ape. Actually, I don't even think he's an ape; he's like some other creature. The truth is we're doing a Skull Island series. It's about people that are stranded. There's a little bit of Lost in there. There's a little bit of Mysterious Island and The Island of Dr. Moreau. It's kind of mixing those different metaphors together. Really, it's a story of these people trying to survive and explore this island. The other thing that's really cool about what [writers/producers] Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title have done is, they've taken a timeline in which Kong and the stuff we know about Kong, exists. He really was transported from the island. He did get killed in New York. In fact, one of the opening scenes is at the Museum of Natural History in New York, and we see these two characters, our two main characters, talking in front of the giant skeleton of Kong. You're positing that this is a world in which that happened. People have been trying to find the island ever since, and it's not been able to be found. Why? That's part of the mystery you're unraveling. Then you're dealing with, ultimately, a story about resources. Whatever's on this island that's created these creatures is incredibly valuable. It becomes a metaphor for the world that we live in now, in terms of environmentalism and exploitation."
FHM: Wait, does that mean we don't get a big monkey at all?
Mark Stern: "There are big monkeys. There are big creatures flying. There are creatures in the ocean. What they've done with the monkeys is that it's basically Mrs. Kong and the Little Kongs. The family he left behind."
FHM: "Mrs. Kong and the Little Kongs" — sounds like a rock band.
Mark Stern: "That does sound like a rock band!"