Netflix has announced a new animated series for kids called Kong: King of the Apes.
The show, from Executive Producer Avi Arad – producer of superhero stories such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man – will begin as a feature-length film in 2016, before expanding into 12 half-hour episodes.
Set in 2050, the CGI animation is a 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 hero.
At the start of the series, 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 who framed him is free to unleash an army of gigantic robotic dinosaurs on the unsuspecting world.
King Kong? Alcatraz? Gigantic robotic dinosaurs? We’re in.
Oh, and there’s something about three young humans who know the truth and are willing to risk their lives to help Konh evade capture, while he battles to save humankind.
“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,” says Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, failing to mention the gigantic robotic dinosaurs.
“I always loved King Kong,” adds Avi Arad. No love for gigantic robotic dinosaurs, Avi?
“This is a unique opportunity to introduce him in brilliant CGI animation to kids worldwide with the power of Netflix,” he continues.
We give up.
Take a look at the rather stunning artwork for the animation:
King: King of the Apes: Season 1 is available to watch on Netflix UK from Friday 15th April 2016.