King Kong to return in King of Skull Island prequel picture

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

King Kong will be coming back in Kong: King of Skull Island, a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape, Variety reported. Producers at Spirit Pictures have picked up the rights to a book by that name that was written at the same time Peter Jackson was producing his 2005 remake of King Kong.

Kong: King of Skull Island, written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.

Rights to make the movie were brokered with the Merian C. Cooper family, who own the Kong property. Cooper co-directed the original King Kong, released in 1933.

"We're very concerned with honoring Merian C. Cooper's legacy in Hollywood," said Spirit's Steve Iles, who worked on video games for the Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises through his Pocket Studios game company. "We want to make sure that whatever we deliver will honor his memory."

The plan is to produce the film using motion-capture technology like that Robert Zemeckis used to make The Polar Express, Beowulf and the upcoming A Christmas Carol.