Netflix shares the mysterious first image of Kong: Skull Island, a new anime-inspired series set in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse.
Netflix released the first image of Kong: Skull Islanda new anime-style series inspired by the 2017 live-action film of the same name.
The image was unveiled during the animation’s Netflix Geeked Week 2022 presentation. The photo shows two humans stranded on a sandy beach, potentially unaware that they are standing in the middle of a handprint from the size of a Kong. While it was a mysterious choice on Netflix’s part not to offer subscribers a preview of Kong’s design for the upcoming series, the impressive scale of the handprint and the humans stuck inside foreshadow a future encounter between the two very different species.
The next anime series was simply titled Skull Island when it was announced that it was in development alongside an anime style grave robber series in January 2021. The series will feature the adventures of castaway characters trying to escape the titular island, which is home to prehistoric monsters. Brian Duffield will write the series and serve as co-executive producer with Jacob Robinson. Duffield has experience writing monster-related stories, having penned the screenplays for the 2020 films love and monsters and Submarine.
It’s currently unknown when the next series will be set in the MonsterVerse. The 2017 film is set in 1973 and centers on a group of scientists and soldiers venturing to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter the enormous Kong and the other monstrous creatures that inhabit the island. The animated series will be a joint venture between Legendary Television, Tractor Pants Productions, Powerhouse Animation Studios, and Netflix Animation.
The MonsterVerse remains one of Legendary Entertainment’s most successful franchises, with all movie installments grossing over $100 million domestically and $375 million worldwide at the box office. The kaiju-centric cinematic universe began in 2014 with a Godzilla to restart. Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters followed in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The two titular monsters crossed paths in 2021 Godzilla vs. Kong. A sequel to the 2021 monster movie is currently in the works, with Dan Stevens set to star and Adam Wingard back in the director’s chair after directing. Godzilla vs. Kong. An untitled live-action series centered around Godzilla and the Titans was announced in January 2022 and is set to premiere on Apple TV+. Wanda Vision director Matt Shakman will serve as the series’ executive producer and direct its first two episodes.
Kong: Skull Island does not yet have a release date on Netflix.