Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Following a revival of Godzilla back in 2014, another one of most menacing monsters of the movies is returning to theaters. Kong: Skull Island brings back the King of the Apes known as King Kong. And while we know that this new take on Kong will have ties to the same world that the new Godzilla exists in, eventually leading to a head-to-head battle between the two monsters in 2020, first we must have a proper introduction to the giant ape.
Watch the new Kong Skull Island trailer after the jump.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing this new approach to King Kong, with influences from the original 1933 film inspiring the monster’s design. This is the biggest version of the ape that cinema has ever seen, and while Kong: Skull Island doesn’t take place in a modern day setting, it still takes place in the 1970s, which means Kong will be facing much more modern technology than he faced in either the 1933 classic or 2005 remake from Peter Jackson.
As we see in the trailer, this time he’s encountering more advanced weaponry, military helicopters (which don’t stand a chance, obviously) and more. This isn’t the first time Kong has had to deal with humanity threatening his life in this manner since flamethrowers and helicopters attacked him in the 1976 remake starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange, but the less we talk about that movie the better, because it was awful.
Beyond that, Kong also has to face some pretty gnarly looking monsters, which will likely prove to be a problem for cast members Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Tian Jing, Thomas Mann, John Ortiz, Shea Whigam and more.
Kong: Skull Island looks like it will pack quite the punch in action and adventure when it arrives next spring, but it does have a lot to live up to as far as the legacy of King Kong is concerned. Here’s hoping Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers. The film arrives on March 10, 2017.
Here are a couple posters for the movie, including one with an Apocalypse Now vibe:
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Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann (“Beautiful Creatures”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Eugene Cordero (“The Kings of Summer”).
Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. “Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia.
The creative behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Larry Fong (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), production designer Stefan Dechant (supervising art director “True Grit,” “Avatar”), editor Christian Wagner (the “Fast & Furious” films), and costume designer Mary Vogt (the “Men in Black” films). The team also includes Oscar-winning makeup supervisor Bill Corso (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and supervising stunt coordinator George Cottle (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). The legendary Kong is being brought to life at a whole new scale by Industrial Light & Magic, with two-time Oscar winner Stephen Rosenbaum (“Avatar,” “Forrest Gump”) serving as visual effects supervisor.
To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia’s Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will take place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, “Kong: Skull Island.” The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.