Netflix Orders King Kong Animated Series
The king of the jungle takes on streaming
Netflix is expanding its children's offerings with Kong — King of the Apes, an animated series from executive producer Avi Arad.
The streaming platform has ordered a movie and 12 half-hour episodes, which will debut worldwide in 2016, from 41 Entertainment.
"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," said former Marvel Studios chief Arad.
The CGI-animated Kong will be set in 2050 San Francisco. In a fresh take on the classic King Kong story, Alcatraz Island has been transformed into a natural history and marine preserve, but chaos ensues when Kong becomes public enemy No. 1. The villain that framed him unleashes an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the world and Kong is the only creature strong enough to stop them. He enlists the help of three young humans, who risk their lives to help Kong evade capture.
"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 Adventures series has been very popular on Netflix around the world," said Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos. "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."
Kong adds to Netflix's growing roster of kids series, which include Dinotrux, a DreamWorks Animation project set to air in spring of 2015, and The Magic School Bus 360˚, a reimagining of the classic 1990s children's series that will bow in 2016.