Skull Island: Reign of Kong is now open at Universal Studios’ Orlando resort’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Last month I got a chance to preview the new attraction and talk to some of the creative producers behind the new ride. Hit the jump to find out what I learned about this new ride and to get my reaction.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When it was announced that Warner Bros. was building a new cinematic universe around cinema’s most iconic giant monsters and that the world’s most famous giant ape would battle the world’s most famous prehistoric radioactive lizard in 2020, there was a fair amount of conversation about the logistics of that particular fight. After all, Godzilla vs. King Kong sounds fine on paper until you get to the finer details. You know, like Godzilla measuring 300 feet and King Kong traditionally measuring about 50 feet.
However, it turns out that we’re not getting a traditional King Kong in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, which will introduce a new version of the mighty ape to theaters. He’s going to be a bit bigger than usual.
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Mondo, the ever-popular source of those lovely posters and other pieces of pop culture memorabilia that sell out so fast, is no stranger to King Kong. Over the years, they have released a few posters commemorating this 1933 masterpiece and it’s a testament to the film’s legacy that they can announce two more without feeling like they’re repeating themselves. These new prints, both the work of artist Jonathan Buron, depict both halves of the film, with one showcasing Kong in his natural habitat the other showing him off on the New York City skyline.
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Universal and Legendary Pictures will be bringing the movie monsters King Kong and Godzilla to the big screen together in the summer of 2020, mostly because Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull just wanted to see the movie monsters fight. It’s a simple concept, and it’s an obvious match-up with the new version of Godzilla already unleashed on viewers and a new take on King Kong coming in the form of Kong: Skull Island.
But you don’t have to wait four years to see a new spin of Godzilla and King Kong doing battle, because filmmakers Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert & Justin Michael have put together a hilarious stop-motion animated short called Monster Island that has total bro versions of the movie monsters getting into quite the tiff. Even though this is a cartoon, it’s slightly NSFW due to language and sexual humor. Read More »
It’s going to be an interesting summer for the theme park cold war that’s been brewing between Disney and Universal for the past six years. Shanghai Disneyland is set to open very soon and the early videos of the attractions promise a few next-level experiences. That new Pirates of the Caribbean ride in particular feels like the result of Universal raising the standards of themed entertainment with their Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Both companies officially have a creative fire lit under their butts, which means that we win.
While Shanghai Disneyland has grabbed the most recent headlines, Universal also has an incredibly ambitious attraction waiting in the wings. While it doesn’t have anything to do with the upcoming Kong: Skull Island movie, Skull Island: Reign of Kong looks to bring riders deep into King Kong’s home turf before bringing them face-to-face with the big guy himself. Universal has released a new video teasing Kong’s presence in the attraction and he looks exactly like how you’d hope King Kong would look.
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Universal Orlando will soon be adding a Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The theme park revealed some concept art for the upcoming attraction this past Summer, and now construction on Skull Island in Orlando has progressed to a point where Universal is showing us a first look at the actual attraction, while giving us a behind the scenes look at the ride’s creation and the story behind the new park experience. Hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video and see the first Skull Island Reign Of Kong photos.
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Even though the Universal Pictures origin story of King Kong from Legendary Pictures recently lost Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, the studio is still moving full steam ahead with Kong: Skull Island by looking for replacements, and adding some new talent as well.
Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly in early talks to take the role that was vacation by Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, and John C. Reilly is at the top of a list of actors being considered to replace Keaton, who left the project due to scheduling. In addition, Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins) is also up for another lead role in the movie. Find out more about the Kong Skull Island cast after the jump! Read More »
Today, technology allows for some extremely astounding special effects. However, it wasn’t always so easy to produce fantastical elements, sci-fi creatures and plane crashes.
A new supercut has collected some of the worst special effects ever seen on the big screen, and they’re pretty embarrassing to look at. Some of them are bad simply because of when they were created and they just haven’t aged well over time. Meanwhile, others seem to be have been created with little to no budget whatsover.
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Friday brings the release of a bunch of very cool pop culture posters. Mondo has two different posters for Mad Max: Fury Road, one by Killian Eng and the other by Boneface. Then over at Dark Hall Mansion, they have a stunning poster for King Kong by Nicolas Delort. Check them all out below. Read More »