With the release of Godzilla vs. Kong mere months away, Netflix and Legendary Television are giving fans of colossal creatures another reason to rejoice with their announcement of the new anime series Skull Island (inspired by the setting for the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island, pictured above), which will take place on Kong’s prehistoric homeland and is written and executive produced by Brian Duffield (writer/director of Spontaneous, co-writer of Underwater, writer of The Babysitter).
A release date for Skull Island has not yet been revealed, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future news regarding the new series.
In the meantime, we have the official announcement from Netflix below, including details on their new Tomb Raider anime series:
“Netflix and Legendary Television announce two new anime series, the first based on Legendary’s Skull Island and the second on Square Enix’s Tomb Raider global franchise. Netflix and Legendary Television are also currently in production on the previously announced anime series Pacific Rim: The Black.
Logline: A new chapter in Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise, Skull Island is a thrilling animated adventure series that follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth—a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong.
Executive Producers: Brian Duffield (Underwater, The Babysitter), who will write and executive produce, and Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants.
Animation Studio: Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania, Blood of Zeus)
About the franchise: Bigger than any single monster, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world that is under siege by a catastrophic new reality - the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning in 2014 with Godzilla, continuing with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Monsterverse films have accumulated over one billion dollars at the box office internationally, and in March 2021, comes the next epic chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse, Godzilla vs. Kong.
Logline: Lara Croft, one of the video game world’s most iconic adventurers, makes her anime debut in an all new series. Picking up after the events of the highly successful Tomb Raider video-game reboot trilogy, the animated series will chart the globetrotting heroine’s latest, greatest adventure. Twenty-five years after her first game appeared, Lara continues to explore new territory.
Executive Producers: Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin, Red Sonja), who will write and executive produce; dj2 Entertainment Founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog), Stephan Bugaj and Howard Bliss; Jacob Robinson, under his company Tractor Pants.
About the franchise: In the 25 years since its launch, the Tomb Raider video game series has sold over 81 million copies and garnered a treasure chest worth of awards. The game’s success has led to a global franchise encompassing movies, merchandise, comic books and now, a stylish animated series. The most recent game release, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, has received numerous “Best of” nominations and awards. The Tomb Raider video games are developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, and published by Square Enix.
[Image Credit: Above image from Kong: Skull Island.]