Legendary and Warner Bros. are creating a shared monster universe in order to facilitate the showdown between two giant icons. Legendary has been assembling Kong: Skull Island, basically a King Kong prequel, with distribution partner Universal. But now, as that film gears up to shoot, Legendary boss Thomas Tull has pulled a switch. He’s taking Skull Island to Warner Bros., which is also the home of a potential Godzilla sequel.
And now, as Warner Bros. did with the follow-up to Man of Steel, the Godzilla sequel is primed to end up as a showdown movie starring two of film’s biggest beasts. Read More »
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There’s some cross-pollination between the current generation of movies featuring giant beasts. Legendary and Universal have people in Hawaii getting ready to shoot Kong: Skull Island, and as is often the case with a big film like this, work on the script is ongoing as final decisions are made. To finish the last run on the Skull Island script, Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been brought in to polish things up before cameras roll. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Kong: Skull Island is about to welcome some new visitors. Brie Larson is in talks to play the female lead in the fantasy actioner, while Russell Crowe is being courted to play one of the male leads. Tom Hiddleston remains on board to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing. More on the Russell Crowe and Brie Larson Kong Skull Island news after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
It was at Comic-Con 2014 that Legendary Pictures announced plans for Kong: Skull Island. Now as we approach Comic-Con 2015, the project has just suffered an unfortunate setback. Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons have departed the project, leaving actor Tom Hiddleston all alone on the island.
More details on the Kong Skull Island Michael Keaton and JK Simmons exits after the jump. Read More »
When we heard Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ Kong: Skull Island was going to be a prequel to the already known King Kong stories, everyone assumed it would be set in the (possibly) distant past. Maybe even a Land of the Lost type thing. It would have to be, right? If Kong hasn’t yet become the King, and we know he gets taken to New York City in the 1930s, you’d assume the story would have to be how he became the ruler of Skull Island. And that would’ve happened a long time ago.
Well, we now have our first clue that Kong: Skull Island isn’t going to be what we thought. At all. In a new interview, one of the film’s co-stars, Oscar frontrunner J.K Simmons, said part of the movie will take place in 1970s Detroit. Could that be the basis for a flashback? Is the whole Kong myth being revamped? Who knows, but we’ll explore the Skull Island movie news below. Read More »
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For his first major studio production, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is cherry-picking some of the best actors in Hollywood. The movie, of course, is Kong: Skull Island, the King Kong prequel and Tom Hiddleston and JK Simmons are already along for the ride. Now, reports are that Birdman and Batman himself, Michael Keaton, is in talks to join the Legendary films production which hits theaters March 10, 2017. Read more about Michael Keaton Skull Island below. Read More »
The King Kong prequel Skull Island just got a new title and release date. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Tom Hiddleston, the film is now called Kong: Skull Island. Additionally, it has moved from November 4, 2016 to March 10, 2017. It’ll be released in 3D and IMAX 3D.
Below, read the brand new plot description for Kong: Skull Island. Read More »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is one of the most exciting new filmmakers. We loved his Amblin-esque indie coming of age film The Kings Of Summer, which was a breakout film at Sundance a couple years back. Jordan is currently developing a big screen adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid as well as Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel/sequel/reboot Skull Island.
Like many of the rest of us, Jordan spent this holiday weekend thinking about Star Wars and geeking out over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. He took to Twitter to share a story about his love of Star Wars. I try to explain to people why the year or two experience leading up to The Phantom Menace was still worth it despite the film not living up to expectations. Jordan shares the magic and power of the fan community, explaining it much better than I could. Read the Jordan Vogt-Roberts Star Wars story in full after the jump.
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So far, it’s been nothing but good news on the Skull Island front. After the surprise announcement at Comic-Con, we found out that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct. Then we heard Tom Hiddleston will star. And now it’s more good news as Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins has been brought on for a rewrite.
How is a rewrite good news? Well, besides the addition of a talented new team member, the original script by Max Borenstein was strong enough to attract the star, director, and a two year advance release date. Hopefully, things can only get better. Read more about the Skull Island script below. Read More »