Netflix Announces Original King Kong Series

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Netflix announced a new original kids series in partnership with Arad Animation and 41 Entertainment called Kong - King of the Apes. The show comes from Executive Producer Avi Arad, who has produced numerous Marvel super hero movies from and television shows. He's the founder of Marvel Studios.

The new Kong series will begin with a full-length feature film followed by 12 half-hour episodes beginning in 2016. Here's the official description:

Set in 2050, this CGI animation is a fresh and modern take on the classic King Kong story. Even far in the future, KONG is still the strongest creature ever born with many human traits that make him the ultimate iconic hero. In KONG, the future looks bright for San Francisco's Alcatraz Island since its transformation into the most impressive Natural History and Marine Preserve on the planet. But when the star attraction suddenly goes ape and KONG becomes public enemy number one, the villain that framed him is free to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the unsuspecting world. Ironically, KONG is the only force formidable enough to stop these super-powered dinosaurs and the evil genius manipulating them. But KONG is now the world's most hunted fugitive. Fortunately, there are three young humans who know the truth and are willing to risk their lives to help KONG evade capture, while he battles to save humankind.

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos 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 Adventure series 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."

"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," Arad added.

Netflix is really ramping up its original kids programming. This follows announcements of other originals Winx Club Wow: Wolrd of Winx and Popples.

This week, Netflix also announced its first original full-length feature film - a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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Chris Crum
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